How To Get Medical Marijuana Cards In Connecticut [2020 Update]
In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of the state of Connecticut’s medical marijuana program, aka the MMP, including step-by-step instructions on how to get a CT medical marijuana card.
Connecticut Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Connecticut, a patient needs to be diagnosed with any of the following qualifying medical conditions:
- 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
- Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
- Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1 and Type II
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
- Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
- Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
- Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post Herpetic Neuralgia
- Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache
- Intractable Headache Syndromes
- Neuropathic Facial Pain
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta
- Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders
For Patients Under 18, Debilitating Medical Conditions Include:
About the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program
Connecticut was the 17th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana back in 2012. A year earlier, the state decriminalized the first offense for the possession of one-half ounce of marijuana or less. However successive offenses or possession of more than the legal limit can result in a prison sentence and/or substantial fines. An effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for all adults was rejected by approximately two-thirds of state representatives in 2018.
The MMP was established under the Connecticut Palliative Use of Marijuana Act. Under the act, patients suffering from a list of qualifying medical conditions might be eligible for a Connecticut medical marijuana card.
More than 30,000 patients have so far enrolled in the Connecticut MMP since 2012. And there are more than 1,000 registered physicians.
In order to take part in the program, patients must be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut.
Connecticut Marijuana Q&A
How Do I Get a Medical Marijuana Card In Connecticut?
The process of applying for a medical marijuana card in Connecticut is fairly straightforward. All applications are submitted online.
Here are the basic steps:
- Confirm your doctor is registered with the MMP – Before you do anything you need to determine if your doctor is registered with the medical marijuana program. You are required to have an ongoing relationship with the recommending physician. If your personal physician does not offer this service you’ll need to start seeing one who does. A list of CT medical marijuana doctors can be found here.
- Make an appointment – To get started on the process, make an appointment with an MMP-registered physician. During your visit, the doctor will determine if you qualify for a medical marijuana card. Assuming you do qualify, your doctor will provide you with the proper documents to include with your application.
- Gather required documents – Additional information and documentation are required to be submitted with your application. Any documents need to be scanned or clearly photographed and uploaded with your submission. If you don’t know how to do this you’ll need to find someone to help you.
Information You’ll Need To Gather
- A valid private email address
- A primary telephone number
- Proof of identity
- Driver’s license
- Or U.S. Passport
- Or Certificate of Naturalization.
- Proof of residence in Connecticut such as a utility bill or a bank statement.
- A recent passport-sized photograph, no more than 30 old.
- Create an account on the Connecticut Online Medical Marijuana Portal – This is the online registration system used by the MMP. You should use your private email address to create your account. Upon registering you will be asked a series of questions to confirm that you are eligible and have received the required recommendation from your doctor.
- Upload required document – See list above. Again, these must be digital copies.
- Pay the $100 registration fee – This can be paid by credit card, check, or money order. Money orders and checks must be made out to “Treasurer, State of CT.”
That’s it. You’re done.
Processing your application can take up to 30 days but often takes place much sooner. Once you’re approved, you’ll receive a temporary card via email which can be used to purchase your medicine.
What Are The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Rules?
- Dispensaries – There are currently nine state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut. All nine are serviced by four growers. These numbers may change in the future.
- Legal limits – Registered patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of dried marijuana per month. However, your physician can specify a lower limit.
- Public use – Use of medical marijuana in public is prohibited and can result in criminal charges. Furthermore, patients may not use marijuana in the following locations:
- In any public place
- Moving vehicles including buses
- At work
- At any school, public or private
- In the presence of a minor
- Health insurance – Health insurance providers are not required to cover the costs of medical marijuana treatment.
- Renters – Landlord cannot refuse to rent to a medical marijuana patient not can they take action against a tenant for using marijuana.
- Employers – Employers may not use medical marijuana use as a reason to not hire, fire, or penalize patients. However, they may prohibit the use of marijuana during work hours and discipline employees who do so.
- Growing Your Own – Medical marijuana patients are prohibited from growing marijuana.
- Drugged Driving – Drugged driving works the same as drunk driving under Connecticut law and can result in loss of license, substantial fines, and potentially jail time.
- Additional Qualifying Conditions – Additional qualifying conditions could be added in the future by the Board of Physicians. The public can petition the Board to recommend additional medical conditions to be added to the list of qualify conditions.
Palliative care – Palliative care patients may not use medical marijuana if doing so endangers the health of anyone other than the patient or primary caregiver.
How Do I Renew Muy Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card?
Your Connecticut medical marijuana card is good for one year from the date of issue.
The process of renewing your card is similar to that of applying for a card.
- Visit your doctor for a follow-up appointment.
- Sign onto your portal account and update any information that has changed.
- Complete the application.
- Upload proof of residency document(s).
- Upload a new photo.
- Pay a $100 renewal fee.
Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Connecticut:
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Connecticut Medical Marijuana FAQ's
Frequently asked questions we receive regarding CT marijuana.
Once I have my Connecticut MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?
You will go to a state licensed dispensary. You can find them on Nationwide Dispensaries.
Once I have my CT MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?
How much legal weed can I have in CT with a card?
Up to 2.5 ounces.
Can I Smoke Weed Once Qualified?
Can I take my medical cannabis to a different state?
Medical marijuana patients in all states may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Who Can Use Marijuana in Connecticut?
Card carrying medical marijuana patients.
CBD is for sale online in the forms of oils, topicals, flower and tinctures. CBD products for sale are also in head shops, pet stores and holistic shops around town. Is this CBD Oil legal in Connecticut?
Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States.
Will CBD, Hemp, or cannabidiol oil get me high?
What is the difference between CBD & THC?
Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.
Are THC edibles allowed in Connecticut?
Yes, marijuana edibles infused with THC are allowed.
How Much Should I consume?
You should always consult with a licensed Connecticut medical marijuana doctor before using medical marijuana in any forms.