Connecticut State Policy Alert

Sent: September 24, 2012
From: Kate Zawidzki
Topic: Medical Marijuana


Connecticut’s new medical marijuana law takes effect next week


Good news for patients in Connecticut — the state’s medical marijuana law goes into effect on October 1, one week from today. This means that doctors will be able to begin certifying patients for temporary registration certificates.

Connecticut’s medical marijuana program is open to state residents who are 18 or older suffering from qualifying medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries causing spasticity, epilepsy, wasting, Crohn’s disease, and PTSD.

The application for a temporary registration certificate will be available online at the medical marijuana program’s website. For more information on the application and registration process, click here.

The Department of Consumer Protection has not yet begun accepting applications from state-licensed pharmacists who wish to grow and dispense marijuana for the state’s program. First, it must draft regulations, which are due to a legislative committee by July 1, 2013. It could be more than a year before patients can access their medicine through the state dispensary system. However, the registration of patients is an important first step in the implementation process.

We’ll continue to keep you posted as the medical marijuana program is implemented.







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