The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Connecticut
The Marijuana Palliative Use Act passed in 2012. However, since medicinal cannabis use was made legal, the Constitution State has added several qualifying conditions and recently opened its final dispensary in Groton. With 18 licensed dispensaries available throughout Connecticut, patients and qualified caregivers can conveniently travel to a local dispensary, where edibles and flowers are available for purchase, according to The Day.
While medicinal cannabis is legal in Connecticut, recreational use is still prohibited, but is a consideration, reports Benzinga. “In 2018, state medical spending reached $83 million, according to data from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics,” reports the financial news source. “That figure is expected to dip to $71 million by 2024, with adult-use — if passed — reaching $265 million.”
Applying to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in Connecticut
The process in Connecticut to becoming a medical cannabis patient takes just 3 steps:
- Book an appointment
- Meet with a doctor who can provide a recommendation through Veriheal
- Complete a medical marijuana application with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Their registration fee is $100.
Note that the physician will initiate the online registration by submitting a valid patient certificate. Afterwards, the patient will have access to the online system where you are required to complete the patient’s application section. Before submitting, make sure you create a copy of your request for your records.
Qualifying Conditions and Cost
The Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection specifies the state’s medical cannabis registry’s list of qualifying conditions. The initial list in 2012 was limited compared to current list with the additions that have been made over the years. The conditions in 2012 were:
The following conditions were added to the medical cannabis registry in 2016:
- Cerebral palsy
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy
- Severe psoriasis
- Sickle cell
- Terminal illness requiring end-of-life care, and uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder spasticity or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia
- Ulcerative colitis
The noted conditions added in 2018 were:
- Chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders
- Hydrocephalus with intractable headache
- Intractable headache syndromes
- Neuropathic facial pain, muscular dystrophy
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Severe rheumatoid arthritis
By 2019, the noted conditions were also added to the list:
- Interstitial cystitis
- Intractable neuropathic pain that is unresponsive to standard medical treatments
- MALS syndrome
- Tourette syndrome
- Vulvar burning
Lastly, in 2020 the following conditions were added:
- Chronic pain of at least 6 months duration associated with a specified underlying chronic condition refractory to other treatment intervention
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome associated with chronic pain
Along with a noted qualifying condition, every patient who applies for a state cannabis license must be a Connecticut resident. Additionally, the qualifying patient cannot be an inmate in a facility under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.
The cost to register for a Connecticut medical cannabis license is $100, separate from the $199 Veriheal cost. After a short evaluation with a medical cannabis physician at Veriheal, the physician will initiate the registration for the patient through the Connecticut Consumer Protection Department. Then the patient will have access to the online system where they will complete the patient’s section.
Caregivers in Connecticut
Connecticut requires caregivers to have a valid e-mail address, a primary telephone number, and a Connecticut driver’s license or state identification card. The fee for caregivers to apply for a medical cannabis card is $25. Additionally, the caregiver must be at least 18-years-old, agree to assist the qualifying patient concerning the palliative use of cannabis, cannot have been convicted of a felony, and cannot be the certified physician.
Connecticut only allows a caregiver to assist one patient at a time. The state specifies that “the only exception is having a parental, guardianship, conservatorship or sibling relationship with each qualifying patient for whom you are registering to be the primary caregiver.”
Cultivation and Possession in Connecticut
Once approved for a medical cannabis card issued by the Consumer Protection Department of Connecticut, both a patient and caregiver are allowed to hold up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for one month after receiving their card in the mail.
There is absolutely no cultivation allowed in Connecticut, making it illegal for patients or caregivers to grow any cannabis plants for medicinal use.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s simple. Use the form at the top of this page to begin the process, and Veriheal will begin setting you up with a physician who can evaluate your health and confirm your condition.
The cost for the medical marijuana evaluation and approval with Veriheal is $199, with a full guarantee that you will get your money back if you are not approved As for the state of Connecticut, they charge a $100 registration fee separate from Veriheal. This fee must be paid to become state-certified after approval.
No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal has set up shop in Connecticut to assist residents who wish to apply for a medical marijuana card.
No, you cannot in Connecticut. All cannabis must be purchased a certified dispensary.
Yes, the Connecticut State Consumer Protection Department specifies that chronic pain of at least 6 months duration associated with a specified underlying chronic condition refractory to other treatment intervention is a qualifying condition.
Yes. To be approved for a medical cannabis license in the state of Connecticut, an applicant must provide either a state driver’s license or identification card to prove they live at a specific address.
That depends on the state, which is why it is important to contact the state you are visiting to find out their medical cannabis rules and regulations.