The legal use of marijuana for medical reasons has taken effect in Connecticut. Known as Public Act 12 – 55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana was signed into law by Democratic Governor Dan Malloy in October. Connecticut is now the seventeenth state to allow for the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
Physicians can now write prescriptions for patients with certain qualifying conditions. This list is long and impressive in that it covers a broad range of illness including: AIDS, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Patients and their physicians can now register online to obtain permission for the legal use of the drug. The required forms can be found on the Connecticut government website under Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Unfortunately, the state has until July 1 to figure out how it will license and monitor dispensaries. In the meantime, patients with prescriptions are allowed to possess as much as 2 ounces of marijuana. One drawback and precaution: although it is now legal for patients to possess marijuana, it is still illegal to buy it. It is not clear how Connecticut plans on dealing with the cultivation of the marijuana plant.