I always say, a medical marijuana program is only as good as the list of conditions that patients can qualify for. If a medical marijuana program has a very short list of qualifying conditions, it will never reach it's full potential. That's the case in Connecticut, where the list of qualifying conditions needs to be expanded. Below is a petition urging Connecticut to add conditions, via Americans for Safe Access (click here to sign it):
We the undersigned, proponents of Connecticut's comprehensive Medical Marijuana Program urge the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection, William M. Rubenstein and the Board of Physicians to add the following four conditions to the list of "Debilitating Medical Conditions" as defined within Sec. 21a-408. (2) Of Chapter 420f- Palliative Use of Marijuana as part of the Connecticut General Statues:
- Arthritis/ Osteoarthritis
- Depression and Anxiety
- Chronic Pain
Below is a list of the current conditions recognized in Connecticut, per the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection:
Debilitating Medical Conditions include:
- Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- Parkinson's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn's Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Qualifications for a Registration Certificate:
- Qualifying patient must be a Connecticut resident.
- Qualifying patient must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.
- Qualifying patient cannot be an inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.