Recommending Cannabis in Connecticut

To begin certifying your patients you must:

  • Confirm that you meet the Physician Requirements and Eligibility in terms of having the proper licenses and registrations.
  • Create a DAS Business Network Account so you can access the online registration system.
  • Log in to the registration system using your DEA Number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Be prepared to obtain contact information for your patient, including a valid e-mail address (if your patient has one) and a primary phone number. This information must be included in the patient profile page of your certification before you can submit the certification.

Physicians must also have a bona fide relationship with a patient in order to register them with the program. A bona fide physician-patient relationship means a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition or a symptom of the patient's debilitating medical condition whereby the physician has:

  • Completed a medically reasonable assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition;
  • Diagnosed the patient as having a debilitating medical condition;
  • Prescribed, or determined it is not in the best interest to prescribe, prescription drugs to address the symptoms or effects for which the certification is being issued;
  • Concluded that, in the physician’s medical opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks to the patient; and
  • Explained the potential risks and benefits of the palliative use of marijuana to the patient or, where the patient lacks legal capacity, to the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the patient.

In addition, the physician should be reasonably available to provide follow-up care and treatment for the patient, including any examinations necessary to determine the efficacy of marijuana for treating the patient's debilitating medical condition, or a symptom thereof.

Eligible Conditions

Adult Patients:

  • 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 or uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder,
  • cachexia,
  • wasting syndrome,
  • Crohn's disease,
  • posttraumatic stress disorder,
  • irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity,
  • cerebral palsy,
  • cystic fibrosis or terminal illness requiring end-of-life care,
  • any medical condition, medical treatment or disease approved for qualifying patients by the Department of Consumer Protection pursuant to regulations adopted under section 21a-408m;

Patients under the age of 18:

  • terminal illness requiring end of-life care,
  • irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity,
  • cerebral palsy,
  • cystic fibrosis,
  • severe epilepsy or uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder  

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