Medical marijuana is a relatively new phenomenon in Connecticut with the program becoming law in 2012. Rather than capping off a patient’s possession allowance in terms of ounces, Connecticut law dictates that patients are allowed to have a “one-month’s supply” of usable marijuana at any given time. Unlike many other states, Connecticut does not allow for any cultivation of marijuana by patients at home. Connecticut’s medical marijuana program allows for the operation of multiple state-licensed dispensaries and is only accessible to residents of the state. There are an estimated 4,914 patients registered in the state’s medical marijuana program. Applications for medical marijuana cards are handled by Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. The agency is one of few that also allows patients to apply for a medical marijuana card online. Patients seeking to enroll in the medical marijuana program must first see a physician for a medical marijuana evaluation and provide the department with documentation proving both residency and qualifying ailment. The department does not list any application fees outright. As it stands, Connecticut’s medical marijuana program allows for 10 qualifying conditions with room for growth:
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Intractable spasticity
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • The Department of Consumer Protection reserves the right to approve more ailments.
Patients with more questions can contact the Department of Consumer Protection via phone or email.