Connecticut’s medical cannabis law recognizes 40 debilitating medical conditions for medical marijuana treatment for adults. Minors approved for medical cannabis use in the state must be diagnosed with one or more of 11 debilitating conditions.
Connecticut has separate lists of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana for adults and minors. For adults in the state, the debilitating medical conditions approved for medical cannabis use are:
Minors applying for Connecticut’s medical marijuana card must be diagnosed with one or more of the following debilitating medical conditions:
Yes. Connecticut has repeatedly expanded its lists of qualifying debilitating conditions since the inception of its medical marijuana program. As of 2023, these lists have grown from 22 conditions (for adults) to 40 and six conditions (for minors) to 11. The Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection publishes the complete list of debilitating conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program on its website. This list includes the year each condition was added.
The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program accepts petitions for the addition of new qualifying conditions by email or regular mail. Members of the public can submit such petitions with evidence to support the inclusion of suggested additions. The state’s Board of Physicians sits twice a year to review these petitions and make recommendations to the Commissioner of Consumer Protection for the addition of new qualifying conditions.
No. Connecticut does not allow medical providers to recommend medical cannabis for conditions not included in its lists of qualifying medical conditions.
Yes. Connecticut requires a physician’s certification before registering a patient in its medical marijuana program. The certification must confirm the diagnosis of a qualifying condition and state that the physician believes the benefits of the palliative use of medical cannabis outweighs its potential risk. Connecticut accepts medical certifications issued by state-licensed, board-certified physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses.
For a minor seeking legal access to medical marijuana, Connecticut requires two medical certifications. One of these must be from the patient’s primary care provider and the other one from a board-certified physician practicing in the field of medicine involved in the treatment of the debilitating condition.
In addition to a diagnosis of a qualifying condition and a physician certification, Connecticut requires those applying for its medical marijuana certificate to also be residents of the state. Inmates confined in correctional institutions or facilities under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections are ineligible for a medical marijuana certificate.