Group 5 Connecticut has decriminalized marijuana. However, marijuana is available in Connecticut for medical purposes. This has been the case since 2012, a year after Connecticut decriminalized marijuana in 2011. Qualifying patients may possess a one-month’s supply of cannabis. Governor Dannel Malloy is to thank for this, as he stated: “Let me make it clear – we are not legalizing the use of marijuana. In modifying this law, we are recognizing that the punishment should fit the crime, and acknowledging the effects of its application… There is no question that the state’s criminal justice resources could be more effectively utilized for convicting, incarcerating and supervising violent and more serious offenders.” Though we here at Doctor Frank agree with Malloy in some parts and disagree with others, we think this is a step in the right direction. In the meantime, here’s a guide to getting a medical marijuana card in Connecticut … Telehealth/In-Person Telehealth/telemedicine available. Physical meeting not necessary. Cost $100 How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? 18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over. How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card? 7 – 31 days Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients) 1 month’s supply of cannabis, to be determined by physician’s recommendations. Qualifying Conditions Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease Cachexia Cancer Cerebral Palsy Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Crohn’s Disease Cystic Fibrosis Epilepsy Glaucoma HIV/AIDS Intractable Spasticity Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Parkinson’s Disease Post-surgical back pain Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Sickle Cell Disease Terminal Illness requiring End-of-Life Care Ulcerative Colitis Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder Medical Marijuana Laws No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in Connecticut. However, doctors must be licensed to practice in Connecticut before they can recommend cannabis for a patient in Connecticut. Governor Dannel P. Malloy signs House Bill 5389 (HB 5389). This bill legally requires a patient to register with the Department of Consumer Protection, protecting them from arrest or prosecution, or being penalized in any manner. Instructions for how to register for the program were posted on the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program in 2012. The draft regulations were posted onto their website in 2013, when applications fully started. The first dispensary was opened in 2014. There are currently around 11 dispensaries in Connecticut at the moment, with another due to open. Patients may possess up to 1 month’s supply of cannabis, which will be determined by the recommendations the physician makes. Home cultivation is not allowed Cannabis has been decriminalized to some extent in Connecticut, but recreational marijuana is not legal. Connecticut does not have reciprocity with other states, meaning dispensaries and law enforcement do not see out-of-state medical marijuana cards as valid. Connecticut has a tax rate of $3.50 per gram if owner possesses 42.5 g or more.