Connecticut Legal Information
In 2012, Connecticut became the 17th medical cannabis state with the signing of HB 5389, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana, which provides registered patients with protection from arrest when using or possessing up to a one-month supply of medical cannabis in accordance with the law and allows them to designate caregivers to assist them. Patients and caregivers registered with the Department of Consumer Protection may purchase medical cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries, but no personal cultivation is allowed. Final regulations were issued in 2013 and dispensaries began offering medicine to patients in September 2014, with six dispensaries opening throughout the state.
In 2016, three additional dispensaries were licensed, 6 new conditions were added to the program and the legislature passed HB 5450. HB 5450 allows minors to qualify for the medical cannabis program under some restrictions, creates protections for nurses to administer medical cannabis in health care facilities, and allows dispensaries to provide medical cannabis to medical facilities serving registered medical cannabis patients.
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On May 31, 2012, Connecticut became the 17th state in the US to approve medical cannabis when Governor Dan Malloy signed HB 5389, "An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana." The bill passed both the Connecticut House and Senate by substantial margins, 96-51 and 21-13 respectively.
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.
Connecticut's Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana provides patients and caregivers protection from arrest when using or handling medical cannabis in accordance with the law. Protections only apply to registered patients and caregivers. Patients and caregivers may purchase medical cannabis from dispensaries that are licensed by the state. Dispensaries will not be open for business until at least sometime in 2013, however, patients may still register with Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).
Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must have an active Connecticut medical license issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, practice within the State of Connecticut, possess an active controlled substances registration issued by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection that is not subject to limitation, possess an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substance registration that is not subject to limitation and must be registered with, and able to access, the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring Program.
Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.