Connecticut Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re applying for a medical marijuana card in Connecticut, you probably have several questions about the application process. From understanding which doctors can provide a certification to knowing where to buy your products, navigating the world of medical marijuana can be complex.

We at the Sanctuary Wellness Institute are available to guide you through this process. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Who Is Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut?

To be eligible for a cannabis card, you must receive a certification from a Connecticut-licensed physician that states you have a qualifying condition and medical cannabis can treat your condition. You must also be at least 18 years old and reside in Connecticut. Minors may also receive a cannabis card if they have a state-defined qualifying condition.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut?

Connecticut has a long list of qualifying conditions -- for the full list, visit the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program website. For adult patients, some of the most common conditions for medical marijuana include:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis

For minor patients, the state defines the following qualifying conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Terminal illness requiring palliative care
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Intractable neuropathic pain
  • Some irreversible spinal cord injuries
  • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder

What If My Condition Is Not on the List?

If you have a qualifying condition you believe could be treated with marijuana but is not on the predefined list, you have options available to you. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection oversees a board of medical specialists who you can petition to add another medical condition onto the list.

How Much Cannabis Can I Purchase at a Time?

The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program allows you to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at a time. If your physician recommends a smaller amount for your condition, you can only purchase that amount.

Can I Grow My Own Cannabis Plants?

Connecticut does not allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis plants.

Where Can I Use Medical Marijuana?

Under Connecticut law, you cannot use medical marijuana:

  • On a bus, school bus, or moving vehicle
  • On any school grounds, including public and private schools and college campuses
  • In any public place
  • In the workplace
  • In the presence of a minor under the age of 18

For best results, use your medical cannabis at home.

Can I See Any Doctor for a Medical Marijuana Certification?

You will have to see a qualified Connecticut physician to receive a medical marijuana certification. Your doctor must have an active Connecticut medical license, an active controlled substance registration from both the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and have an active registration in the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring program.

Finding the right physician to certify your condition can be difficult. Contact the Sanctuary Wellness Institute to connect with a qualified Connecticut doctor.

Contact the Sanctuary Wellness Institute Today

If you are applying for a Connecticut medical marijuana card, contact the Sanctuary as soon as possible. Our friendly staff can connect you with a Connecticut doctor who can evaluate your condition, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Call us today at (959) 245-1716 to schedule your evaluation.