Connecticut to Add More Medical Conditions to State’s Marijuana Program

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Connecticut to Add More Medical Conditions to State’s Marijuana ProgramConnecticut plans to add more medical conditions into its medical marijuana program. Some of these qualifying conditions include post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy, sickle cell disease, psoriatic arthritis, Tourette’s syndrome and severe psoriasis.

The Department of Consumer Protection, which is tasked with regulating all pharmaceutical drugs statewide, is scheduled to conduct a public hearing to expand the list of qualifying conditions on Nov. 26 at state Capitol, Room 126, in Hartford. The hearing, which is scheduled to kick off at 8.30 a.m., will be conducted before the board of physicians.

Connecticut’s General Assembly launched the state’s medical cannabis initiative in 2013, with an initial list of 11 conditions that doctors could prescribe medical marijuana, and set a process that allows further qualifying medical conditions to be included.

“Any member of the public can file a petition with the board of physicians to add debilitating conditions to the list treatable with marijuana,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein, was quoted by the Daily Chronic as saying.

At the moment, Connecticut’s medical marijuana program allows patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, various types of nerve damage, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, wasting syndrome and cachexia to obtain medical marijuana. So far, six dispensaries are distributing the drug to needy patients in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, state health officials last Friday awarded Patriot Care Corp. a license to run the first medical marijuana in Boston. The facility will be located near Downtown Crossing. The company, which is already licensed to run a similar facility in Lowell, was also given a permit to operate another dispensary in Greenfield. This makes it the only company to run three dispensaries in the state.

Coastal Compassion was on Friday given permission to operate medical marijuana dispensary in Fairhaven, while MassMedicum was licensed to run a similar facility in Taunton. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com