Becoming a Patient in Connecticut

Your physician begins the process of registering you in the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program by certifying for the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) that you have a debilitating medical condition listed above. That certification takes place online with the Department and includes providing your email address and phone number or contact by the Department. Patients must (2) register with the DCP prior to engaging in the palliative use of marijuana, and (2) provide proof of residency in the state, (3) a photo ID, (4) a passport-style photo, and (5) a $100 registration fee. Note that the fee is subject to change; however the fee must be reasonable.

If your physician indicates that you need the assistance of a caregiver, you must designate and register one when submitting your registration application.

The portal for medical cannabis in Connecticut can be found here.

Eligible conditions:

An individual with one of the following conditions qualifies for medical cannabis in Connecticut:

 

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 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
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Any medical condition medical treatment or disease approved by the Department of Consumer Protection
  • Epilepsy or Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-of-Life Care

 

If the qualifying patient is under 18 years old, the following are qualifying conditions:

  • 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
  • Any medical condition, medical treatment or disease approved for qualifying patients by the Department of Consumer Protection

Becoming a Patient as a Minor:

An individual who is a minor seeking treatment as a medical cannabis patient must have permission from a parent or legal guardian

Benefits of Being a Patient:

Under Connecticut law, registered patients and caregivers are shielded from arrest and prosecution so long as they conform to the rules of the state's medical marijuana program. If a patient or caregiver is prosecuted on state charges, the patient or caregiver is entitled to present an affirmative defense that the marijuana was for a medical purpose.

Becoming a Caregiver:

To become a registered caregiver, the qualifying patient's physician must indicate that the patient requires the assistance of a caregiver and the qualifying patient must designate you as that caregiver on the patient registration application. To do so, the patient must provide your name, email address, and phone number. The Department of Consumer Protection will contact you and ask you to provide:

  1. Proof of Identity
  2. Current passport size photograph
  3. $25 registration fee

Registered caregivers (1) must be at least 18 years of age, (2) cannot have been convicted of crimes related to controlled substances, and (3) may serve as a caregiver for only one qualifying patient. Caregivers may care for more than one qualifying patient if the caregiver and each qualifying patient have a parental, guardianship, conservatorship or sibling relationship. Additionally, any changes in registration as indicated above must be reported within five (5) days.

Out of State Patients:

Connecticut does not offer reciprocity of any kind for out of state patients.

Home Cultivation:

Unfortunately, the state of Connecticut does not allow patients to cultivate their own medicine at home.