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June 4, 2019

CT to add five conditions for medical marijuana use

Michelle H. Seagull, commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), on Monday accepted five new conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program.

The conditions were recommended by DCP’s board of physicians at its regular meeting on Monday. They will be added to the medical marijuana program’s regulations following approval by the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee.

After committee approval, the state will have a total of 36 conditions approved for adults and 10 for patients under 18.

There are currently 33,078 patients in the medical marijuana program, 1,114 certifying physicians, nine dispensary facilities and four producers in Connecticut, according to DCP’s website. Hartford, New Haven and Fairfield counties, respectively, have the most registered patients.

DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull

“Our program relies on the advice and guidance we receive from the medical community including the boarding,” Seagull said. “I’m pleased with how our program has grown to support well over 30,000 patients with severe debilitating conditions in the state, all while keeping the integrity of this truly medical program in mind.”

The following conditions were approved Monday:

  • Interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder pain syndrome (recommended for adults);
  • Intractable neuropathic pain that is unresponsive to standard medical treatments (for adults and patients under 18);
  • Medial arcuate ligament syndrome, which causes severe abdominal pain (for adults);
  • Tourette syndrome (for adults, and recommended as “tourette syndrome for patients who have failed standard medical treatment” for patients under 18; and 
  • Vulvodynia and vulvar burning, which causes pain in female genitalia (for adults).

Chronic pain will be discussed and potentially defined at a future board meeting.

View DCP’s qualification requirements here

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