Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is medical cannabis legal in Connecticut?

    Yes, medical cannabis in Connecticut was made legal for qualifying patients back in 2012.

  • Who can consume medical marijuana in Connecticut?

    In Connecticut, to consume medical cannabis, you must meet with an approved physician who diagnoses you with at least one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions. You also must be at least 18 years of age and be an in-state resident. 

     

    Minors can also register as medical patients if they have a qualifying condition, but only if they have an Approved Caregiver to make cannabis-related decisions. 

  • How do you register as a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut?

    To register for a medical marijuana card, you must first meet with an approved physician. This doctor will then determine if you’re eligible for medicinal cannabis and will write a certification if you’re approved. 

     

    From there, you will apply through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and the Department will verify whether or not you qualify. If you’re approved, a registration certificate will be sent to you. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions?

    Connecticut’s list of medical conditions is one of the most extensive in the country. The qualifying conditions for consuming medical cannabis are:

     

    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Cachexia
    • Cancer
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Chronic Neuropathic Pain (Associated With Degenerative Spinal Disorders)
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
    • Epilepsy
    • Glaucoma
    • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache
    • Intractable Headache Syndromes
    • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Neuropathic Facial Pain
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
    • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
    • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
    • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
    • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
    • Wasting Syndrome

     

    For minors, the qualifying conditions are more narrow:

     

    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
    • Severe Epilepsy
    • Terminal Illness Requiring End-of-Life Care
    • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

  • What if your medical condition is not listed?

    If your medical condition isn’t listed, you do have the right to petition your medical condition to the Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection’s Board of Physicians. This board is made up of a group of specialists who are consistently analyzing the requests for new medical conditions, as well as cannabis’s potential in general.

  • Does your insurance cover cannabis purchases?

    Unfortunately, no: insurance will not cover any cannabis or cannabis-related purchases in CT.

  • Where can you consume medical marijuana in Connecticut?

    You can legally consume medical cannabis in approved private residences in Connecticut, such as your home. 

     

    The use of cannabis in any public area, moving vehicle, workplace, school, or in the presence of someone under the age of 18 is illegal. 

  • How much medical cannabis can you possess?

    Unless otherwise stated by your physician, medical patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every 30 days.

  • Can an employer decide not to hire someone solely on the basis that they are registered with the state’s medical marijuana program? What about school acceptance, renter’s rights, etc.?

    No to all of those circumstances. An employer can only discipline/fire an employee for being intoxicated during work hours or consuming cannabis on work property. A landlord or university cannot deny someone solely due to the fact that they are a registered medical cannabis patient.