How Do I Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Connecticut?

by Haley Mills · October 14, 2022

Looking to get a medical marijuana card in Connecticut? Here’s everything you need to know in order to get one!

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Whether you’re a Connecticut resident considering applying for an MMJ card or if you are a current cardholder looking to move to Connecticut, there are steps you can take to secure your medical marijuana card online. The Connecticut medical marijuana card process can be done entirely online. 

One will first need to obtain a certification from a licensed physician that they have a qualifying condition. Once certified by a medical professional, patients can go through the application process online, either through the state website or telehealth providers. Read on as we go over the steps to apply, renew, and become a caregiver in Connecticut. 

The United States and Legal Medical Cannabis

In the United States, medical marijuana programs have been legalized in thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Medical marijuana programs allow patients with specified conditions to own, grow and utilize cannabis products to aid in managing their condition, even if recreational cannabis users are not authorized.

Approved requirements vary by state, and many programs will require patience to apply for a medical cannabis card. This process will typically include a consultation and evaluation by a physician. A primary care provider can often suggest it for medical cannabis patients with long-term or chronic conditions.

Medicinal Cannabis Use

Over fifty peer-reviewed medical studies have been conducted on the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis and its many cannabinoids and terpenes. The consensus that emerged from these studies is that cannabis can provide medical benefits for many different conditions.

While most of these studies have focused on the help of the specific cannabinoid CBD, other major and minor cannabinoids, in conjunction with terpenes, show significant promise in treating both physical and mental ailments.

CT Patient Eligibility

Connecticut medical marijuana patients must be 18 or older to visit a medical marijuana dispensary. Only those who can prove Connecticut residency can apply for medical marijuana treatment via Connecticut’s medical marijuana program (valid driver’s license, Government ID, utility bill).

A Connecticut resident must also have medical history showing a diagnosis that qualifies a licensed medical marijuana doctor to recommend them as a patient that can legally obtain medical marijuana.

Qualifying Conditions in Connecticut

 In 2012, House Bill 5389 was passed to legalize medical marijuana and establish a medical program.

The Qualified Medical conditions include: 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders
  • Chronic pain of at least six months duration associated with a specified underlying chronic condition refractory to other treatment intervention
  • Chronic pancreatitis (subject to approval by the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hydrocephalus with intractable headache
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Huntington’s disease and related movement disorders
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Intractable headache syndromes
  • Intractable neuropathic pain that is unresponsive to standard medical treatments
  • Intractable spasticity
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Medial arcuate ligament syndrome, or MALS syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuropathic facial pain
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Post-surgical back pain with a condition called chronic radiculopathy.
  • Post laminectomy syndrome
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Spasticity
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Vulvodynia and vulvar burning
  • Wasting syndrome
  • The Department of Consumer Protection may approve other medical conditions.

Steps to Apply for a Medical Card

There are a few steps to get a medical marijuana certificate in Connecticut with the help of Leafy DOC. First, you’ll select your State to receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about the Connecticut medical marijuana card process.

Skip the wait at the doctor’s office and schedule your evaluation from the comfort and convenience of your home. Submit an intake form with a few personal details and a summary of your medical history; then, we’ll help you book an on-demand telehealth appointment or schedule a convenient time for later.

An online recommendation with Leafy DOC starts at 139 USD for new patients and renewals in Connecticut. There is a money-back guarantee if you are not approved for CT medical use.

Connect with the right doctor in minutes and easily chat with your provider on a smartphone, computer, or tablet via phone call or video.

Our licensed physicians will evaluate your qualifying condition, address your questions and concerns, and then provide a recommendation for medical cannabis via email within two business days.

A person must be registered online at the Connecticut Department of Health’s portal to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program. The doctor will enter your information in the Patient and Caregiver Registry.

After the State approves your registration, they will email you a qualifying patient ID card that you can use immediately. Once you have the MMJ card, you can visit Connecticut dispensaries and purchase medicinal cannabis products.

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Can Leafy DOC help?

Absolutely! Not only can Leafy DOC provide a way to see a doctor via telehealth and obtain your medical card, but we also offer access to knowledgeable and helpful customer support and a personalized health coach that can guide you before and after the MMJ card process.

Our mission at Leafy DOC is to provide a seamless customer experience, educate people about cannabis, and ultimately help people get medical cards quickly and efficiently.

Additional MMJ Card Fees in CT

Connecticut’s registration fee for medical marijuana cards is 100 USD for patients. The cost for caregiver renewal is 25 USD. Connecticut’s MMJ card fees are among the lowest in the United States.

The Renewal Process

It is recommended to renew around a month before the expiration date to have time to complete the renewal appointment and application. Connecticut medical marijuana cards expire one year after the certification date on the physician’s recommendation. New cannabis ID cards are issued upon recertification approval.

To maintain access to medicinal cannabis, patients must renew their medical marijuana certifications annually. Renewing patients must complete the certification process, update personal information, and pay the 100 renewal fee for a Connecticut medical marijuana certificate.

How to Apply as a Caregiver

A primary caregiver is an adult over 21 legally allowed to purchase, transport, educate, and administer medical cannabis to medical marijuana patients with a valid medical card.

Over thirty states have legalized medical marijuana programs, allowing caregivers to assist qualified patients. In these locations, state legislation provides legal protection for the patient and the caregiver from criminal penalties. 

Connecticut requires designated caregivers to have an email address, telephone number, and a Connecticut driver’s license or identification card. The caregiver application fee for a medical cannabis card is 25 USD.

They must be at least eighteen years old, agree to assist one qualifying medical marijuana patient at a time, can’t have a felony conviction, and cannot be the patient’s certified physician.

Where to Purchase Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Once you registered for the Connecticut Medical Cannabis program and received your ID card, you may wonder what’s next. There are a few ways to receive legal, medical marijuana in Connecticut as a medical cannabis patient.

Medical cannabis patients can visit any dispensary in CT to get their medical marijuana products. Treatments are available in flower, edibles, concentrates, topicals, and tinctures. The total allotment for medical marijuana patients is 3.5 ounces per month.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

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