Connecticut has added 8 new health conditions to the medical marijuana qualifying conditions list. Six of those conditions are for adults ages 18 and older only. Two are permitted for adolescent patients.
The Secretary of State must post the approved conditions before patients can seek recommendations for them, according to CT Mirror. Lora Rae Anderson from the Department of Consumer Protection said that she expects the conditions to be posted this week. Once they are visible, patients may immediately begin seeking certification.
The approved conditions include:
- Severe rheumatoid arthritis
- Spasticity or neuropathic pain derived from fibromyalgia
- Hydrocephalus with intractable headaches
- Post herpetic neuralgia
- Intractable headache syndromes
- Neuropathic facial pain
- Muscular dystrophy for adolescents
- Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) for adolescents
Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said, “Now that these regulations have been accepted, more patients with severe medical conditions will have access to medical marijuana as a treatment option. I want to thank our Board of Physicians and the committee for their thoughtful consideration of these conditions. I continue to be proud of the careful way that our program has expanded, and its commitment to a true medical model.”