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June 12, 2024

State adds two new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

PHOTO | YEHYUN KIM/CT MIRROR Staff members at Rocky Hill medical marijuana grow facility CTPharma trim dried cannabis flower.

State officials added two new qualifying conditions for Connecticut’s medical marijuana program last week, expanding the program’s eligibility to potentially hundreds of more residents.

The Medical Marijuana Board of Physicians on Friday approved ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ and ‘Female Orgasmic Difficulty/Disorder’ to be added to the state Department of Consumer Protection’s (DCP) list of qualifying conditions for the program, which currently has 39,749 patients enrolled in it.

Now, there are 42 medical conditions that qualify adult patients for medical marijuana, and 11 that qualify people under the age of 18, according to information from DCP.

Once enrolled in the program, qualifying patients and their registered caregivers can purchase medical marijuana products at medical marijuana dispensary facilities and hybrid retailers without having to pay sales or excise tax at the stores. Medical patients can purchase up to 5 ounces of flower or equivalent products per month.

New qualifying conditions could be a way to bolster the state’s medical marijuana program, which has dwindled in patients since a high of almost 60,000 enrollees at its peak. Since recreational sales launched in January 2023, the number of registered medical marijuana patients in the state has declined by more than 18%, according to DCP data.

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