Starting on Monday, October 1, Connecticut patients with debilitating conditions who wish to use medical marijuana with the approval of their doctor will be able to file their application with the state Department of Consumer Protection.
To qualify as a medical marijuana registrant, a person must be 18 or older and a resident of Connecticut. The registration process is started by the person’ physician, who must verify that the person suffers from one of the state’s qualifying conditions.
Connecticut’s list of qualifying conditions includes multiple sclerosis, AIDS, HIV, glaucoma, cancer, and Parkinson’s to name a few.
While the state has not set up a waiting list, they have received a number of calls from people interested in applying, according to Department of Consumer Protection spokeswoman Claudette Carveth.
People who register as medical marijuana patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana starting on Monday. However, Connecticut’s medical marijuana program still has a long road ahead, with regulations on dispensaries still being ironed out by the consumer protection agency.
State officials expect Connecticut’s medical marijuana program to be operating in its full form by late 2013.