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Last updated: March 12, 2020

Marijuana legalization in Connecticut

Is marijuana legal in Connecticut?

Medical Marijuana is legal in Connecticut. It was legalized in 2012. Recreational marijuana is decriminalized, but not yet legal to sell.

In Feb 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont emphasized his commitment to marijuana reform and to creating a regulatory structure to allow sales of recreational marijuana in the state of Connecticut.

His budget includes new staff to prepare for legal sales in 2022. A summary of Gov. Lamont’s proposed cannabis regulation Bill No. 16 is online.

Resources

Connecticut State Medical Marijuana Resources

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in CT

“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 or advanced practice registered nurse. For Adults, Debilitating Medical Conditions Include:

  • Cancer (Effective 2012)
  • Glaucoma (Effective 2012)
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Effective 2012)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (Effective 2012)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (Effective 2012)
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity (Effective 2012)
  • Epilepsy (Effective 2012)
  • Cachexia (Effective 2012)
  • Wasting Syndrome (Effective 2012)
  • Crohn’s Disease (Effective 2012)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Effective 2012)
  • Sickle Cell Disease (Effective 2016)*
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy (Effective 2016)*
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (Effective 2016)*
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Effective 2016)*
  • Ulcerative Colitis (Effective 2016)*
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1 and Type II (Effective 2016)*
  • Cerebral Palsy (Effective 2016)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (Effective 2016)
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity (Effective 2016)
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care (Effective 2016)
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder (Effective 2016)
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia (Effective 2018)*
  • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (Effective 2018)*
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Effective 2018)*
  • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache (Effective 2018)*
  • Intractable Headache Syndromes (Effective 2018)*
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain (Effective 2018)*
  • Muscular Dystrophy (Effective 2018)*
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Effective 2018)*
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders (Effective 2018)*
  • Interstitial Cystitis (Effective 2019)*
  • MALS Syndrome (Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome) (Effective 2019)*
  • Vulvodynia and Vulvar Burning (Effective 2019)*
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that Is Unresponsive to Standard Medical Treatments (Effective 2019)*
  • Tourette Syndrome (Effective 2019)*

For Patients Under 18, Debilitating Medical Conditions Include:

  • Cerebral Palsy (Effective 2016)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (Effective 2016)
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity (Effective 2016)
  • Severe Epilepsy (Effective 2016)
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care (Effective 2016)
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder (Effective 2016)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (Effective 2018)*
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Effective 2018)*
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that Is Unresponsive to Standard Medical Treatments (Effective 2019)*
  • Tourette Syndrome for patients who have failed standard medical treatment (Effective 2019)*

* Conditions were approved by the Regulation Review Committee via the recommendation of the Board of Physicians and Commissioner of Consumer Protection.Qualifications for a Registration Certificate:

  • Qualifying patient must be a Connecticut resident.
  • Qualifying patient cannot be an inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.”