A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Connecticut

Curious about getting your Connecticut medical marijuana card? Thankfully, the process is way more straightforward than you may think. Today, we’re discussing the four simple steps you’ll need to take in order to register with the state’s medical marijuana program. To do so, you’ll need to:

  1. Schedule an appointment with an approved physician
  2. Get a physician’s recommendation 
  3. Apply through the CT Department of Consumer Protection
  4. Get your certification and start shopping!

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How to Get a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card

Who Can Get a Medical Card in Connecticut?

To qualify for a Connecticut medical marijuana card, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Be an in-state resident
  • Have at least one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions 

If you’re a minor, you are still eligible for a Connecticut medical marijuana card, you just have to have an Approved Caregiver handle all of the cannabis-related decisions. The list of qualifying medical conditions is less extensive for minors, though.

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Connecticut?

Connecticut has one of the most widespread, comprehensive lists of qualifying medical conditions in the country. They 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 wanting a medical card, 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

How-To Steps for Getting a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card

1: Schedule an Appointment With an Approved Physician

The first step to getting registered with CT’s MMJ program is by meeting with a Department-approved physician. There are various approved doctors across the state, so find the one that’s closest to you and best appeals to your budget. Then, make an appointment and get evaluated. 

2: Get a Physician’s Recommendation

After you’ve been evaluated by the physician, they must diagnose you with at least one of the qualifying health conditions to write you a physician’s recommendation. Without this recommendation, it is impossible to receive your card. 

3: Apply Through the CT Department of Consumer Protection

Now that you have your physician’s certification, it’s time to make a copy of it and send it to the CT Department of Consumer Protection. This is the department that handles all things medical cannabis. Once they receive your certification along with other documents like a photo ID, and you pay the required fees, the Department will evaluate your case.

4: Get Your Certification and Start Shopping!

As soon as the Department approves you for medical cannabis, it is all smooth sailing from there! You will receive your medical cannabis certification and gain access to the various medical dispensaries across the state.

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