Connecticut’s Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect Today

This morning Connecticut officially became the 17th state since 1996 to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis as a therapeutic option for qualified patients.

House Bill 5389 — the Palliative Use of Marijuana Act — which was signed into law on by Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy on June 1, took effect today. Online registration for qualifying patients and their physicians is now available from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection here.

Applicable qualifying medical conditions under the law include: cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, 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, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Department of Consumer Protection has until July 1 to submit regulations to the General Assembly regarding the eventual state-licensed distribution of cannabis. In the interim, qualified patients will be allowed to lawfully to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. However, “until state-approved sources of medical marijuana are established, transactions to obtain the drug will still be illegal,” according to today’s Norwich Bulletin. (Home cultivation is not explicitly addressed under the statute.)

Additional information for Connecticut patients and physicians regarding Public Act 12-55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana is available online from the state Department of Consumer Protection here.

32 thoughts

  1. Success! Congratulations for other options besides Big Pharma and expensive pills. It’s nice to see common sense starting to prevail around our country. God bless Connecticut and God bless the USA!

  2. Oohh!! I was stationed at Groton Subase New London Ct and this is great news! Why? Because most of the Veterans now want an alternative to pill popping. ^_^ Cheers

  3. Glad to see PTSD on the list for our Vets and others. Congrats Connecticut, your citizens now have more freedom.

  4. Let’s face it the United States war on drug has been a miserable failure.
    Prohibation has not or will not work in THIS country,In my humble opinion it is just another form of slavory. Let’s face it people are going to use drug’s to help themselves feel better. No matter what the penalty is for using them they use them.
    I say let them use what drug’s they want to use and when and if they get to the point where it does’nt work in thier live’s anymore and they get sick and tired of being sick and tired, We should provide help to recover from said drug’s. Therefore we need to add a recovery/rehab tax so they can pay for help in recovery if needed. Stop building prison’s it’s not a crime to destroy yourself is it?
    That’s like saying gun’s kill people outlaw them them! If People kill with a fork will we outlaw fork’s too?

  5. Hi,

    I am working to put together a business plan for the production of medicinal marijuana in the state of CT. I was wondering if anyone knew the potential number of patients in the state?


  6. I just wish our leaders would cut to the chase and give us what we need! WILL VOTE (YOUR WAY) FOR WEED

  7. The amount of patients is almost unlimited. As part of this law CT set up a new medical board that meets regularly with the sole intent of approving more medical conditions that will qualify for medical marijuana. Those medical conditions named in the article are just the beginning.

  8. people talk of destroying themselves using marijuana, can you show one case of cancer attributed to marijuana smoking. The only tests the government did where to involve spider monkeys and the affects it had over 1 year of use, what they actualy did was put masks on the monkeys and forced them to inhale a years worth of marijuana in 3 months, they autopsied the brains for brain damage, and of couse there was brain damage, they were DEPRIVED OF AIR, which any 5th grader could tell you CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE, so realize you have been lied to, wake up a lot more people, judges, doctors etc use marijuana instead of drinkng you all need to wake up, the politicians are payed off by big drug companies, imagine a world were prozac does not exist…..

  9. What about herniated Discs? Or anxiety.. even sleep disorders I’m I highly displeased with Conn your only using pot for certain disorders but in all reality pot can help with so much more..but that CT for u a bunch of rich elitist who run our state…

  10. I’m with anonymous, I may be a qualified patient but I’d also like to help produce it. lots of it. Holler at me anonymous

  11. I say legalize ALL drugs. I’m with you George, drug enforcement has failed, too expensive and folks will buy regardless. Why not eliminate the cost of enforcement, and increase revenue through controlled, taxable, distribution of all drugs. It’ll put the cartels right out of business, lower crime and reduce prison over-crowding all while helping to reduce our deficit. Let’s end this antiquated prohibition, it didn’t work in the ’20’s and it doesn’t work now.

  12. Does anyone know if CT medical marijauna laws allow for the use of medical marijuana to someone if they have a muscular disorder that causes daily pain and causes reoccuring rhabdomyolosis when ever i strain my body?

  13. Its about time I get food drugs for my disability. But the only this is to get your docs to approval

  14. I have epilepsy and there are barely any medications that work for me. I hope if I get my doctors approval I will be able to try this.. I also have damage right my spinal cord. Happy happy happy that they legalized it. Only thing is getting doc ti allow it

  15. This pisses me off ct leaves out other important disorders such as anorexia, anxiety, and insomnia. I have severe insomnia and the only thing that helps it to smoke and it helps me to not be on edge all the time. Ive been smoking for 3 years and everytime im high my anxiety is gone
    And it helps me actually eat.

  16. With my anxiety and insomnia I i am never hungry and I feel sick to my stomach when I dont so I never eat but when im high I eat

  17. I have ptsd and was looking forward to getting on the program, too bad prices are so high nearly 500usd for 1oz? I can’t afford that, I have no job, on food stamps, and can’t work, living back with family… What a disappointment. The new wave a business is making people rich, meanwhile im criminalized because I can’t afford their absurd prices. Typical… money>everything else

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