As soon as you obtain a medical marijuana card in Connecticut, you can buy cannabis from a licensed dispensary. Connecticut’s medical marijuana allotment (maximum amount of medical cannabis you can buy and possess as a patient) is 2.5 ounces per 30 days.
Currently you can't grow your own marijuana; only companies awarded a medical marijuana-growing license from the state have the right. Connecticut's first four growing licenses were granted in 2014 to help meet the needs of a surging medical marijuana patient population.
A Short History Of The Medical Marijuana Law In Connecticut
Cannabis possession in Connecticut was decriminalized in 2011. The following year medical marijuana was legalized by the Connecticut Senate and Governor Dannel Malloy. With adult / recreational marijuana use still up for debate in the Connecticut legislature, you’ll need to visit a Massachusetts dispensary to buy recreational marijuana.
How To Buy Medical Marijuana In Connecticut
Getting a Connecticut medical marijuana card requires your doctor to diagnose you with a condition on the approved list of chronic health issues. Some of the more common qualifying conditions include (but are not limited to):
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
After diagnosing a chronic condition that medical marijuana could help, your physician will submit your request to Connecticut’s medical marijuana patient portal for review. You may be asked for more information to determine your identity or residency. Once eligible for medical marijuana, you’ll register and pay an application fee of $100 to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). You should receive a temporary medical marijuana card within four weeks of your diagnosis.
Part of your registration includes selecting your dispensary. We hope you’ll choose where you'll find a welcoming display of the highest quality cannabis. Our highly trained and caring pharmacists will listen to your health concerns and introduce you to products that best suit your needs.
Your Connecticut Physician Can Authorize A Caregiver To Assist You With Medical Marijuana
If you have a designated caregiver, you’ll need to include them in your registration with the DCP. There’s a caregiver application fee of $25. Caregivers can enter dispensaries and buy cannabis products on behalf of medical marijuana patients if they meet these requirements for eligibility:
- Must manage the well-being of a registered Connecticut medical marijuana patient with respect to their cannabis use
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Can’t be the patient’s physician
- Can't have a conviction related to the manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal controlled substances
- Can only be responsible for one patient unless there’s a parental, guardianship, conservatorship, or sibling relationship with each patient
Types Of Medical Marijuana You Can Possess In Connecticut
Your Connecticut medical marijuana allotment can be used to buy
- Flower (pure marijuana plant)
As a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut, you can buy products by appointment at your chosen dispensary as often as needed until you reach your 30-day maximum of 2.5 ounces.
How Connecticut Medical Marijuana Allotments Are Calculated
Medical marijuana flower is typically sold by the ounce or gram. There are approximately 28 grams per ounce which means that your monthly allotment in Connecticut is 70 grams.
But when it comes to calculating the amount of medical marijuana in other products such as edibles, oils, and concentrates, it becomes trickier. Most of these products will have the final weight of the product (e.g. the cookie or concentrate) on the label, as well as the weight of the marijuana that went into making the product.
At Nature’s Medicines dispensaries, our pharmacists will be happy to help you calculate the exact amount of marijuana in the products you choose so that you won’t exceed your monthly allotment.
How Are Medical Marijuana Allotments Tracked In Connecticut?
Your chosen medical marijuana dispensary will ensure that you buy medication in compliance with your physician’s written certification. Medical marijuana dispensaries use the Prescription Monitoring Program database for tracking medical marijuana allotments.
For more information about medical marijuana allotments in Connecticut, please visit Nature’s Medicines. We have a medical marijuana dispensary in Mansfield where our knowledgeable and caring staff will be happy to assist you.