HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection opened registration on September 1st for a program that allows minors with select medical conditions to access medical marijuana.
Beginning on October 1st, Public Act 16-23 will allow minors with select, severe debilitating medical conditions to access medical marijuana. The Department of Consumer Protection opened its registration system for those patients so that they can be fully registered by October 1st, and be able to immediately access the medication they seriously need.
Allowing access for minors with limited and specific conditions brings Connecticut in line with the vast majority of other states that have medical marijuana programs. The Department of Consumer Protection commends the Governor, and the members of the legislature who supported this expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program.
In a statement released Thursday, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris said,
We are pleased to put these common sense, compassionate changes to Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program into action. In one month patients under the age of 18 with severe debilitating conditions will finally get the medication they need. I am proud of the work our staff at DCP has done to make sure the registration process is up and running so patients can get the medication they need on the first day possible.”
The conditions that a patient under 18 must have to register for the program are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Severe Epilepsy
- Terminal Illness Requiring End-of-Life Care
- Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
In order to register for the program, the legal guardian for the patient must:
- Have the pediatric patient’s primary care provider and a physician who is board certified in an area of medicine involved in the treatment of the debilitating condition, certify that the patient has one of the above qualifying conditions and that the use of medical marijuana is in the patient’s best interest;
- Register as a primary caregiver and complete the qualifying patient application.
- Select a licensed, in-state dispensary facility to obtain the medication.
Instructions on how to register pediatric patients can be found on the Department’s website.
Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program remains the first pharmaceutical model in the country, and is one of the most secure. As of this week, Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program has over 12,412 registered patients.