HB 5389(310 KB) -- Signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) on May 31, 2012 Approved: By House 96-51, by Senate 21-13 Effective: Some sections from passage (May 4, 2012), other sections on Oct. 1, 2012
"A qualifying patient shall register
with the Department of Consumer Protection... prior to engaging in the
palliative use of marijuana. A qualifying patient who has a valid
registration certificate... shall not be subject to arrest or
prosecution, penalized in any manner,... or denied any right or
Patients must be Connecticut residents at least 18 years of age.
"Prison inmates, or others under the supervision of the Department of
Corrections, would not qualify, regardless of their medical condition."
Approved Conditions: "Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or
acquired immune deficiency syndrome [HIV/AIDS], Parkinson's disease,
multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with
objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy,
cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease, posttraumatic stress
disorder, or... any medical condition, medical treatment or disease
approved by the Department of Consumer Protection..."
Possession/Cultivation: Qualifying patients may possess "an amount of usable marijuana
reasonably necessary to ensure uninterrupted availability for a period
of one month, as determined by the Department of Consumer Protection."
Updates: The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program website posted an update on Sep. 23, 2012 with instructions on how to register for the program starting on Oct. 1, 2012. "Patients who are currently
receiving medical treatment for a debilitating medical conditions set
out in the law may qualify for a temporary registration certificate
beginning October 1, 2012. To qualify, a patient must also be at least
18 years of age and a Connecticut resident."
On Apr. 3, 2014, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced the names and locations(70 KB) of the first six dispensary facilities that will be authorized by the state. The first dispensary opened on Aug. 20, 2014.
Medical Marijuana Program Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 145
Hartford, CT 06106
Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana: "Only producers licensed by the Department of Consumer
Protection will be authorized to cultivate marijuana. At any one time,
the number of licensed producers shall be at least three and not more
than 10." "Dispensary Facility and Producer FAQs," ct.gov, Sep. 11, 2013