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Applying for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut? Start Here
The medical marijuana application process can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time patient. Connecticut residents must follow a series of specific steps to receive certification, and unnecessary errors can delay your application.
Here’s what you need to know about applying for a Connecticut medical marijuana card.
Step 1: Ensure You Have a Qualifying Condition
Before you can apply for a cannabis card, you will need to double check that you have a qualifying condition approved by the state. Connecticut has a long list of qualifying conditions you can view here, but some of the most common include:
- Terminal illness requiring end of life care
- Intractable chronic pain for at least 6 months
- Sickle cell disease
- HIV/AIDS positive status
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
If you don’t have a condition on this list, you can still obtain a Connecticut medical marijuana card. You will have to submit a petition to a board of physicians overseen by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Step 2: Meet with a Certified Physician
After you verify your condition, you will need to make an appointment with a qualified physician. Your physician must have the appropriate licensing from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and the Drug Enforcement Agency to certify your condition. You must also have a bona fide relationship with your physician.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute can connect you with a doctor who has the correct credentials to evaluate you and issue you a medical marijuana registration certificate. After your appointment, your physician will ask you for your email address and phone number to submit your certification.
Step 3: Submit Your Application
Once the physician completes your certification, you can then submit your registration application online. You will need to create an account with the DAS Business Network and provide your email address and date of birth to verify your identity.
Along with your application, you will need to submit:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of Connecticut residency
- $100 registration fee
Once the Department approves your application, they will issue you a registration certificate you can bring to any licensed dispensary. Your registration certificate will last for one year from your physician certification, so you will need to reapply each year.
Step 4: Visit a Licensed Connecticut Dispensary
After you receive your registration certificate, you can purchase marijuana at any licensed dispensary. Connecticut operates dispensaries across the state, with locations including Milford, Hartford, and Westport. You will need to bring your marijuana card and identification with you.
Do You Need Help with the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Process
If you are unsure how to apply for a cannabis card in Connecticut, the Sanctuary Wellness Institute can help. Our friendly staff will walk you through each step of the application process, answer any questions you may have, and connect you with a certified Connecticut physician who can evaluate your condition and approve you for medical cannabis.
Contact the Sanctuary today at (800) 453-7181 to schedule your telemedicine evaluation.