Connecticut’s Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect Today

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 1, 2012

    This morning Connecticut officially became the 17th state since 1996 to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis as a therapeutic option for qualified patients.

    House Bill 5389 — the Palliative Use of Marijuana Act — which was signed into law on by Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy on June 1, took effect today. Online registration for qualifying patients and their physicians is now available from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection here.

    Applicable qualifying medical conditions under the law include: cancer, glaucoma, 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, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    The Department of Consumer Protection has until July 1 to submit regulations to the General Assembly regarding the eventual state-licensed distribution of cannabis. In the interim, qualified patients will be allowed to lawfully to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. However, “until state-approved sources of medical marijuana are established, transactions to obtain the drug will still be illegal,” according to today’s Norwich Bulletin. (Home cultivation is not explicitly addressed under the statute.)

    Additional information for Connecticut patients and physicians regarding Public Act 12-55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana is available online from the state Department of Consumer Protection here.

    32 responses to “Connecticut’s Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect Today”

    1. Common Sense says:

      Success! Congratulations for other options besides Big Pharma and expensive pills. It’s nice to see common sense starting to prevail around our country. God bless Connecticut and God bless the USA!

    2. anony says:

      Oohh!! I was stationed at Groton Subase New London Ct and this is great news! Why? Because most of the Veterans now want an alternative to pill popping. ^_^ Cheers

    3. Trevelyan says:

      Glad to see PTSD on the list for our Vets and others. Congrats Connecticut, your citizens now have more freedom.

    4. That is awesome! Finally people in Connecticut can get relief from pain without having to deal with the Law and sketchy growers! Hopefully this is the beginning of more to come!

    5. George says:

      Let’s face it the United States war on drug has been a miserable failure.
      Prohibation has not or will not work in THIS country,In my humble opinion it is just another form of slavory. Let’s face it people are going to use drug’s to help themselves feel better. No matter what the penalty is for using them they use them.
      I say let them use what drug’s they want to use and when and if they get to the point where it does’nt work in thier live’s anymore and they get sick and tired of being sick and tired, We should provide help to recover from said drug’s. Therefore we need to add a recovery/rehab tax so they can pay for help in recovery if needed. Stop building prison’s it’s not a crime to destroy yourself is it?
      That’s like saying gun’s kill people outlaw them them! If People kill with a fork will we outlaw fork’s too?

    6. cake says:

      While it should be completely legal, I suppose this is a step in that direction.

    7. Anonymous says:


      I am working to put together a business plan for the production of medicinal marijuana in the state of CT. I was wondering if anyone knew the potential number of patients in the state?


    8. Concerned Pothead says:

      I just wish our leaders would cut to the chase and give us what we need! WILL VOTE (YOUR WAY) FOR WEED