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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Connecticut

Connecticut joined the list of states that legalized marijuana for medical use in June 2012 when Governor Dannel Molloy signed the Senate Bill 1014. However, regardless of its legality, some essential rules govern the use of medical marijuana in CT. The biggest is the requirement to have a medical marijuana (MMJ) card to purchase your cannabis.

But, how do you get your medical marijuana card in CT in the first place? Elevate Holistics lets you know.

Who is Eligible to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in CT?

The first important thing you need to know about CT medical marijuana is whether you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card. In Connecticut, you may only register for a medical marijuana certificate if you are:

  • A Connecticut resident being treated for a debilitating medical condition by a Connecticut-licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse.
  • Not an inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.

Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card in CT?

Now that we know those eligible for a CT medical marijuana card, the next thing is to consider the qualifying conditions for a medical card. 

Connecticut has a very comprehensive list of qualifying conditions for a medical card. There are two categories of qualifying or debilitating conditions for a CT medical marijuana card. One category is for adults, and the other is for those under 18.

For adults, CT medical marijuana qualifications for registration as a patient include:

For patients under 18 years, CT medical marijuana qualifications for registration as a patient include:

  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Chronic Pancreatitis for patients whose Pain is recalcitrant to standard medical management
  • Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that Is Unresponsive to Standard Medical Treatments
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity 
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta 
  • Severe Epilepsy 
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care 
  • Tourette Syndrome for patients who have failed standard medical treatment
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder 

Registration Process for Medical Marijuana Patients

The following are the steps to register with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s Medical Marijuana Program as a medical marijuana patient:

  • Make an appointment with your physician (because only the physician can initiate your application by certifying that you have a qualifying medical condition with the Department.)
  • When the physician certifies that you have a qualifying medical condition, you must provide some details, including the following:
    • A valid email address
    • A primary telephone number
  • The next step is to create a DAS Business Network Account to access the online registration system.
  • After creating your DAS Business Network Account, you log into your account and verify that the information submitted by your physician is accurate. You would also be expected to answer some certification questions.
  • After this, you must submit the following documents:
    • Proof of Identity
    • Proof of Connecticut residency
    • Current passport size photograph
    • $100 registration fee

Once you complete this process, you officially become a registered medical marijuana patient in Connecticut.

How Much Does a Medical Card Cost in CT?

The registration fee for a medical card in Connecticut is $100. However, the cost of seeing a physician to certify you varies from one physician to another.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Laws

You need to know different aspects of the Connecticut Medical Marijuana laws. It includes how much medical marijuana you can possess, whether or not you can grow your medical marijuana, and use medical marijuana in Connecticut. No need to worry; we shall discuss these laws under the frequently asked questions section below.

Where Can I Buy Medical Marijuana Near Me?

As a medical marijuana patient, you can purchase medical marijuana from various dispensaries. Check out some of them and their locations:

How Do I Appoint a Medical Marijuana Caregiver?

For you to appoint a medical marijuana caregiver, your physician must certify that you need a primary caregiver. When your physician indicates this, you then register one person to act as your caregiver. But how do you do this? 

At the point of registering as a patient, you will identify your primary caregiver in your application form by providing identifying information about this person, including a valid email address and a primary telephone number. Also, your primary caregiver at the point of registering would need to submit proof of identity and pay a $25 registration fee.

The person to be appointed as a caregiver must:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older
  • Not be your physician
  • Manage your well-being as a registered patient concerning your palliative use of marijuana
  • Be responsible for only one (1) patient unless there is a parental, guardianship, conservatorship, or sibling relationship with each patient
  • Be your parent, guardian, or legal custodian, if you are an adult patient who lacks capacity  

Does Connecticut Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

No, Connecticut does not have medical marijuana reciprocity. The state only allows qualified patients who are residents to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries. Out-of-state residents cannot purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries in the state. 

Renewing a Connecticut Medical Card

As a registered medical marijuana patient, your registration lasts for one year, after which you will have to renew the card. Also, your card renewal process will involve your physician. On your part as a patient, you need to:

  • Provide a photo ID
  • Provide proof that you are still a resident of Connecticut
  • Pay a $100 fee
  • Complete the six certifications required
  • Update any changes to your information. Note that your physician has to enter your medical and personal information to inform them of these changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much medical marijuana can I possess in CT?

From October 15, 2021, registered patients in Connecticut can possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana. Before this date, patients could only purchase 2.5 ounces.

Can I grow marijuana once I get a medical card in CT?

No, you cannot grow marijuana in Connecticut even if you have a medical marijuana card. You must purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries as a registered patient or a caregiver. However, you will be allowed to cultivate up to six plants as a patient from October 2022.

When did medical marijuana in CT become legal?

Medical marijuana was legalized in Connecticut in 2012, and there are currently about 54,000 registered users in the state.

Where can I use medical marijuana in CT?

You are only allowed to consume marijuana in private; the state prohibits the use of marijuana in motor vehicles, workplaces, private school grounds, or anywhere in public. It is also illegal to use marijuana in the presence of a minor unless the minor is a qualified patient.
More so, minor patients in Connecticut are prohibited from smoking, inhaling, or vaporizing medical marijuana.

There is so much to learn about your medical marijuana journey and Elevate Holistics is here to help. Although we currently do not offer our services in Connecticut, we have several blog posts that walk you through the process of getting your own MMJ card in CT — and where to go. 

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Asked Questions

Weed legalization in Connecticut was finalized in June 2021, when the governor officially signed a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana. However, recreational marijuanas in CT is not yet available for sale. We can expect recreational dispensaries to start opening sometime towards the end of 2022.

Medical marijuanas in CT has been legal since 2012. While the program took some time to set up, there are now 18 medical dispensaries located throughout the state. Prior to that, the state had decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2011. There are still some legal consequences for possessing marijuana without a medical card, as the recreational program has not been fully set up yet. If you are caught with small amounts of marijuana, you could be subject to a fine. However, this will not go on your permanent record.

In order to get a medical card in Connecticut, you must have one of the state’s qualifying conditions. These are conditions that have been scientifically proven to benefit from marijuana treatment. The list of debilitating conditions that qualify for a medical card is very long. Some of the conditions on the list include cancerPTSDCrohn’s diseaseParkinson’s disease, and many others.

CT marijuana law is relatively flexible when it comes to medical marijuana qualifications. If you have a serious medical condition that you believe could benefit from marijuana treatment, it may be worth talking to a doctor to see if you qualify. This is particularly true for patients who suffer from debilitating pain that affects their ability to have a normal routine.

Unfortunately, medical marijuana is not covered by health insurance right now. This is because marijuana remains illegal on a federal level. This means you will need to budget for the full medical marijuana cost as well as the cost of any medical marijuana doctor’s visits. Elevate Holistics offers telehealth consultations with medical marijuana doctors starting at $75, so you know how much you’re going to spend ahead of time.

Patients who are over 18 and have one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in CT can apply. Patients under the age of 18 who have qualifying conditions can get a medical card as well, but they will need to apply with a caregiver. Medical card holders also need to be Connecticut residents – right now, the state does not allow visitors to apply for medical marijuana cards.

When you apply for your medical marijuana card, you will need to pay an initial application fee of $100. Keep in mind that you will need to pay this fee every time you renew your medical card, as they only last for a year. You will also need to pay for an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor who will certify that you have a qualifying medical condition. The cost of these appointments will vary depending on the provider you go to. Elevate Holistics offers online consultations with medical marijuana doctors starting at $75. Keep in mind that some providers will charge $200 or more for appointments.

If you have a medical marijuana card in another state, but visit Connecticut often, you may be wondering if the state has a medical marijuana reciprocity program. Right now, Connecticut does not allow cardholders from other states to purchase medical marijuana. However, there are some other states that will accept medical marijuana cards from Connecticut.

Ever since recreational Connecticut marijuana legalization, it’s important to note that you won’t face legal consequences for possessing cannabis products while visiting Connecticut, although you might face a fine. Once recreational dispensaries open in Connecticut, visitors will be able to purchase products regardless of whether they have a medical marijuana card.

Since October 2021, Connecticut medical marijuana patients have had the option to visit any dispensary to buy the products they need. Prior to that time, patients had to choose one dispensary and return to that dispensary anytime they wanted to purchase marijuana products. This makes medical marijuana products more accessible for patients, as they can purchase the items they need anywhere it is convenient.

Right now, you cannot buy weed online legally in Connecticut. You will need to go to a dispensary in order to get the products you need. However, there are other states where marijuana is legal for recreational use where you can order marijuana online and have it delivered to you. Because there is a precedent for this in other states, we could see this happen in Connecticut at some point once recreational dispensaries are up and running.

Right now, however, you should not buy weed online in Connecticut. It remains illegal and could come with fines or even more serious consequences if you purchase it from an unlicensed retailer.

Many people don’t enjoy smoking, and weed edibles give patients a good alternative. Luckily, medical marijuana patients can purchase edibles in CT. Topicals, tinctures, and concentrates are allowed as well in addition to flower products.

Unfortunately, you cannot purchase edibles online legally in Connecticut. Because recreational dispensaries are not yet open in Connecticut, there are limits on what type of cannabis you can have and where you can have it. This could change in the future as Connecticut builds out their recreational cannabis infrastructure.

If you use medical marijuana frequently, growing marijuana at home can save you   money and ensure that you always have some supply on hand. The new recreational marijuana legislation allows any Connecticut resident over the age of 21 to grow at least six cannabis plants at their residence. However, this does not take effect until 2023.

However, medical marijuana patients in Connecticut can grow their own plants now. This took effect in October 2021. Growing your own plants can save you a lot of money in the long run and give you more control over the types of plants you are buying. However, you will need to invest more money up front to set up a grow station and create temperatures where plants can thrive.

When growing marijuana, you will need to keep your plants out of public view. You will need to ensure that they are stored securely and that no minors have access to them. If you are living in a rental unit, you will need to make sure that your landlord allows for marijuana cultivation. Many rental properties have restrictions around growing and consuming cannabis.

There are currently 18 medical dispensaries in Connecticut. These dispensaries are open to adults who have medical marijuana cards. These dispensaries are also distributed evenly throughout the state to provide equitable access to patients. As the recreational marijuana program gets off the ground in Connecticut, we will see dispensaries open to the general public. We will also see more dispensaries open throughout the state of Connecticut.

When you visit the dispensary, the staff will help you find the products that are the best fit for you. They will ask you questions about your medical needs and the type of products you enjoy. Your doctor can also recommend you specific types of cannabis products to try. Once you are familiar with cannabis products and know which one you want, some dispensaries will allow you to call ahead and place an order for pickup.

The state of Connecticut legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2021. The Connecticut weed legalization movement had been working for several years to finalize this legislation. However, recreational dispensaries are not yet open. This is because it takes time for the state to develop the infrastructure for recreational marijuana. Right now, you will not be able to buy recreational marijuana if you visit Connecticut. However, this will change when the first dispensaries open,  which is likely to be sometime in late 2022.

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