On October 1, 2012,
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
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
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.
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