The Department of Consumer Protection cannot require physicians or hospitals to recognize marijuana as an appropriate medical treatment in general or for any specific patient. If you believe that your physician is not providing you with the best medical care for your condition, then you may want to consider working with a different physician. The Department, however, cannot refer you to a different physician; any information we receive regarding which physicians have, or will, certify patients for medical marijuana is being treated with the utmost level of confidentiality.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. An employer, however, may prohibit the use of intoxicating substances during work hours or discipline an employee for being intoxicated while at work.
No. The law prohibits ingesting marijuana in a bus, a school bus or any moving vehicle; in the workplace; on any school grounds or any public or private school, dormitory, college or university property; in any public place; or in the presence of anyone under 18. It also prohibits any use of palliative marijuana that endangers the health or well-being of another person, other than the patient or primary caregiver.
No. The law explicitly says it does not.
The Commissioner of Consumer Protection has established a Board of Physicians consisting of physicians or surgeons who are board-certified in one of the following specialties: neurology, pain medicine, pain management, medical oncology, psychiatry, infectious disease, family medicine or gynecology. The board will recommend to the Department of Consumer Protection additional medical conditions, medical treatments, or diseases to be added to the list of medical conditions that qualify for the palliative use of marijuana. To be added as a qualifying condition, such recommendations will need to be approved by the Department and implemented by the adoption of a regulation. The Department of Consumer Protection’s regulations on medical marijuana have set out a process by which members of the public can petition the Board of Physicians to recommend additional medical conditions, medical treatment or diseases to the list of conditions that qualify for the palliative use of marijuana.
The Department of Consumer Protection is not working with any outside businesses in connection with the patient and caregiver registration process. Moreover, the Department has not shared any information about the registration process with anyone, beyond what is on this website. Our goal is to design a registration system that is easy to understand and that would not require you to work with a third party in order to register. Also, the only information the Department will be requesting will be information that you, your physician, or where applicable, your caregiver should have.
The first step is to make an appointment with the physician treating you for the debilitating condition for which you seek to use marijuana. You will not be able to register in the system until the Department receives a certification from your physician that you have been diagnosed with a condition that qualifies for the use of medical marijuana and that, in his or her opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks of such use. We began accepting physician certifications on October 1, 2012.
Once your physician has certified you for the use of marijuana, the Department will seek additional information and documents from you demonstrating, among other things, your identity and residency to determine whether you are qualified under the statute to register with the Department. Once the Department receives the required information, we will make a determination as to whether you are eligible for a registration certificate and, if so, one will be sent to you.
To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a Connecticut-licensed physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut. An inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Department of Correction will not qualify, regardless of their medical condition.
Qualifying patients registrations will be valid up to one year from the date of the physician written certification. This means that if your doctor certified you on October 1, 2012, your registration (and your caregiver’s registration) will expire on October 1, 2013, even if you did not apply for a card until several weeks later.
The date of your card’s expiration will be on the front of your card.
Before your card expires, the registration system (https://www.biznet.ct.gov/dcp-mmrp ) will allow you and your doctor to begin the renewal process. In large part, the renewal process will be similar to the process that you went through for your original registration. When you log into the system, however, you will notice that many of the fields are already filled in for you.
The following is what each person will need to do to complete the renewal:
Provide proof that you still live in Connecticut;
Provide an updated photograph;
Complete the five certifications at the end;
Pay a one hundred ($100.00) dollars registration fee; and
Update any other information to the extent it has changed from the previous year (e.g., if your caregiver has a different address). This information will already be filled in and the Department will assume it is the same if you do not change it.
Remember: Only your physician can update your personal information. Before submitting your renewal, you will need to contact him or her if that information is no longer correct.
If your name has changed, in addition to making sure your physician updates that information in his or her certification, you will need to provide the Department with proof of identity as you did for your initial registration.
The maximum allowable monthly amount is 2.5 ounces unless your physician indicates a lesser amount is appropriate. Any changes to the allowable amount will be based on advice from the Board of Physicians.
- Must be a legal resident of Connecticut with proof of residency i.e. driver’s license, state ID card, lease agreement, US passport, utility bills, etc…
- Must be at least the age 18. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must accompany you to the appointment.
- Must have a qualifying condition as outlined by the Connecticut Department of Health.
- You may bring in your medical records indicating a qualifying medical condition or have one your physicians fax over your records before your appointment.
- The medical records should be no older than 2 years and preferably within the last 2 years showing at least 1 of the exact diagnoses as outlined by the Connecticut Department of Health
A patient’s certification expires one year from the date the physician certified the patient through our online registration system. As a physician, you will be required to confirm the patient is eligible to continue using medical marijuana, based on the same criteria you used to certify your patient for their initial registration.
All patients must be re-certified by their physician every year prior to the expiration date, in order to maintain a valid registration. Once the patient has been recertified and confirms that you will continue to serve as their caregiver, you will be required to access your Biznet account and provide this office with the required fee.
A qualifying patient may change primary caregivers at the time of their registration renewal by registering a different primary caregiver.
All patients must be recertified by their physician every year prior to the expiration date, in order to maintain a valid registration. To avoid a lapse in registration, a patient must be recertified by a physician, access their Biznet account and provide this office with the required documentation and fee.
A patient may only register for a medical marijuana certificate if he or she is a Connecticut resident being treated for a debilitating medical condition by a Connecticut-licensed physician.
CT Debilitating Medical Conditions include:
- Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
- Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
- Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder