How To Buy Medical Marijuana In Connecticut
In order to legally purchase medical marijuana in Connecticut, you must first obtain your medical marijuana card. There are a few steps you’ll need to follow. First is meeting with your physician to get diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions in Connecticut. Once you’re approved and have received your medical marijuana card in the mail, you’ll be ready to start purchasing cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary or from a caregiver.
Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions In Connecticut
When you meet with your doctor about getting your medical marijuana card, he or she will have to diagnose you with one of the state’s qualifying conditions. They are:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- HIV or AIDS
- Interstitial cystitis
- Intractable headache syndromes
- Intractable neuropathic pain that is unresponsive to standard medical treatments
- Intractable spasticity
- Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Medial arcuate ligament syndrome, or MALS syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Neuropathic facial pain
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta
- Parkinson's Disease
- Post herpetic neuralgia
- Post-surgical back pain with a condition called chronic radiculopathy
- Post laminectomy syndrome
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
- Severe rheumatoid arthritis
- Sickle cell disease
- Terminal Illness requiring end-of-life care
- Tourette syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
- Vulvodynia and vulvar burning
- Other medical conditions may be approved by the Department of Consumer Protection
- Once the diagnosis is made, you can start the application process with the state of Connecticut’s medical marijuana system. Your card may take up to 30 days to arrive in the mail, but you’ll have an electronic copy emailed to you much sooner.
Medical Marijuana Caregivers In Connecticut
A caregiver is someone who has registered with the state of Connecticut to provide medical marijuana to patients. A medical marijuana caregiver must be at least 18 years old, and can only have one medical marijuana patient at a time. Caregivers can register with the Connecticut medical marijuana program for as little as $25.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Connecticut
Now that you have your medical marijuana card, it’s time to start purchasing marijuana products to help with your qualifying condition. So far there are 18 registered medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut.
You’ll first want to do some research to find a medical marijuana dispensary near you, or get a recommendation from a friend. Your physician may also have advice for you.
After you’ve found a dispensary, such as Nature’s Medicines, your first visit will be a meeting with staff to fill out an intake form (each medical marijuana dispensary requires its own) and go through your qualifying condition with treatment goals.
The medical marijuana products allowed for patients in Connecticut are:
- Flower (dried buds)
- Medical marijuana edibles
- Concentrates - oil and solid form
- Vapes / Cartridges
Our Pharmacists will walk you through the different types of cannabis available and recommend the best products for your qualifying condition.
Questions? Ask one of our staff members at our Mansfield location.