Connecticut’s Palliative Marijuana Program Info

Learn about Connecticut’s Palliative Marijuana Program. It will:

  •      Protect patients, their caregivers and physicians from prosecution.
  •      Help patients suffering with pain
  •      Provide physicians with another option for cases they deem appropriate
  •      Eliminate the incarceration of Connecticut’s most vulnerable patients
  •      Enable local law enforcement to distinguish recreational users from patients
  •      Create a board of 8 physicians to expand the list of conditions for medical marijuana patients
  •      Create a state approved dispensary system to ensure legal and responsible distribution

Currently damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Epilepsy, cachexia, crohn’s disease, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Wasting syndrome are qualifying conditions.

Scope of the program

  • Patients, Physicians, and Caregivers
  • Must be 18 years old and register with the Department of Consumer Protection
  • Caregivers cannot have a drug dealing or manufacturing conviction.
  • Are protected from prosecution
  • Marijuana and paraphernalia must be returned to them upon case dismissal if arrested
  • Are protected from prosecution or punishment by the CT Examining Board
  • Enrollment & conditions are confidential, not subject to Freedom Of Information Act

Dept of Consumer Protection will monitor regulations

  • Department of Consumer protection determines what a month supply will be
  • Health insurance providers are not required to pay for participation in the program
  • Class C misdemeanor if you claim to be in the program but aren’t to avoid arrest
  • Class A misdemeanor if you falsify medical marijuana certificates or recommendations
  • Dispensaries must be licensed by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection
  • No landlord, school, and/or employer may disqualify a person because they are a qualifying patient or caregiver unless it jeopardizes federal funding or subject to federal law

For more information please contact: Lorenzo Jones, A Better Way Foundation, 860-712-1246 or or LaResse Harvey, Civic Trust, 860-777-7814 or