Connecticut Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations
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. The Act 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).
Final regulations for Connecticut’s medical marijuana program were issued on September 6, 2013, in accordance with Ch. 420f, Connecticut General Statutes. These rules pertain to patients, caregivers, physicians, and dispensaries. The first of six original dispensaries opened in September 2014, and the state is expected to license three additional dispensaries in 2016.
Patients should familiarize themselves with the regulations, as they cover areas beyond what is in the statute, such as limiting patients to register with a single dispensary location at which they may purchase medicine. Pediatric access was created in 2016 for limited conditions.
HB 5460 (2016) - Providing pediatric access to medical cannabis for terminal illness, an irreversible spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, or severe or intractable epilepsy. The bill also authorized testing labs as well as permits patient access in hospice care. Effective October 1, 2016.