MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM


On October 1, 2012, the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) will begin issuing temporary patient registration certification for the palliative use of marijuana. Public Act 12-55, passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Dannell Malloy on May 31st, 2012, requires DCP to issue temporary patient registration certificates for the palliative use of marijuana.

WHO WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA? 

To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut. An inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Department of Correction will not qualify, regardless of their medical condition. 

WHAT WILL A PHYSICIAN HAVE TO DO TO CERTIFY THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR A PATIENT?

Physicians will not “prescribe” marijuana in the same way other medications are prescribed to patients. Rather, the Department of Consumer Protection will develop a form that a physician may use to issue a written certification that a particular patient has been diagnosed with a disease that makes the patient eligible for the palliative use of marijuana.

The next step would be a medically reasonable assessment of the patient's medical history and medical condition, taking into consideration the potential benefits to the patient from the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks. This assessment will have to be made in the course of a bona fide physician-patient relationship. In addition, the physician will have to explain the potential risks and benefits of palliative marijuana use to the patient or their legal guardian.

WHO WILL GROW THE MARIJUANA?

Only producers licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection will be authorized under the bill to cultivate marijuana. At any one time, the number of licensed producers will have to be at least three and not more than 10. The Department of Consumer Protection will establish regulations setting out the qualifications for licensed producers. Among other things, any person seeking to be licensed as a producer will have to demonstrate they have the financial capacity to build and operate a secure indoor facility that could grow pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and the ability to maintain adequate controls to prevent the diversion, theft or loss of the marijuana in their facility.

For further details about the program and to view the instructions for signing up for email alerts from DCP regarding this program, visit the designated DCP website page for the Medical Marijuana Program.

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:

Search by Agency or Program Name: 

Medical Marijuana Program


---------------------------------------------------------------------------

SOURCES:  State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
PREPARED BY: 211/kq
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED:August2013

Return to elibrary list. List Link
United Way of Connecticut

United Way of Connecticut

2-1-1 is a program of United Way of Connecticut and is supported by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways.

Follow us