How to Get a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card in 2022

Overview
Getting medical marijuana in Connecticut is possible with an MMJ card. MMJ cards provide many benefits for those with chronic pain or other conditions. To see if you may qualify, take a look at our MMJ guide. Patients must meet specific requirements.
State Program
Approved on
JUNE 1, 2012
Online Application
Yes
MD Evaluation
Required
Yes
Card Validity
12Months
Patient Registry fee
$100
Phone:
(860) 713-6066
Official Gov Site:
portal.ct.gov

CONSULTATION FEE RANGE

  • $175-$200

MMJ PURCHASING LIMITS

  • MAXIMUM OF 2.5 OUNCES IN ONE MONTH

HOME CULTIVATION?

  • YES – A MAXIMUM OF 6 PLANTS PER PATIENT (A MAXIMUM OF 3 MATURE) OR 12 PLANTS PER HOUSEHOLD WITH MORE THAN ONE QUALIFYING PATIENT

MINIMUM AGE LIMIT

  • 18

LIST OF QUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOR A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN CONNECTICUT (INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMITED TO)

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nervous tissue damage
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Irreversible spinal cord injury
  • Terminal illness requiring end-of-life care
  • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder
  • Spasticity (or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus (with intractable headache)
  • Neuropathic facial pain
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Chronic neuropathic pain (related to degenerative spinal disorders)
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Interstitial cystitis

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Things got even better for weed lovers in Connecticut when Governor Lamont signed SB 1201 into law in June 2021. This piece of legislation permitted the use of recreational marijuana amongst residents aged 21+. There is now protection from the law, although adult-use sales have yet to begin.Connecticut legalized medical marijuana in June 2012, joining dozens of other states. The Constitution State established its MMJ program shortly after taking steps towards decriminalizing the substance. In June 2011, a new law stated that being caught in possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana was only punishable by a $150 fine rather than a misdemeanor charge.

Meanwhile, the Connecticut medical marijuana program is well-established, but not everyone is aware of how to get their card. This guide outlines the process and provides information on frequently asked questions. However, first, let’s look into the penalties associated with the illegal use of marijuana in the state.

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The Status of Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Although adult-use marijuana is legal in Connecticut, there are still punishments for the illegal possession, cultivation, and distribution of the substance.

As of July 1, 2021, it is legal for adults aged 21+ to possess up to 1.5 ounces of weed in public and a maximum of five ounces in a private residence (in a locked container). If you’re caught with a higher amount, you face a misdemeanor charge and up to a year in prison.

The legal sale of recreational marijuana in Connecticut will begin by the end of 2022. As a result, there are still severe penalties for illegal sales. For example, the sale of any amount remains a felony with a possible jail term of up to seven years.

It also remains illegal for recreational users to grow marijuana plants until July 2023. At present, you receive a written warning for cultivating up to three mature and three immature plants.

Ultimately, it is still worth your while to apply for a Connecticut MMJ card as you can buy and cultivate marijuana. Here’s how to get yours.

How to Get a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card

Step 1 – Make an Appointment with Your Doctor

The first step involves receiving certification from a licensed CT doctor to discuss your potential qualifying condition. You will need to provide a valid email address and telephone number when receiving your certification.

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If your physician deems you eligible for a qualifying condition, they will register you (and your email) with the state’s Medical Marijuana Program Department of Consumer Protection (DOCP).

Step 2 – Complete Your MMJ Application Online

At present, your doctor must initiate the registration process. They do so by logging into a secure online system to certify you. You only gain access once your physician electronically submits a valid certification. If you try to apply before approval, you get the following message: “You have not been identified as a patient. Please see your physician and verify your email address.”

It is the same situation for a primary caregiver should you nominate one.

Once you’re registered online, you must verify that the details entered by your physician are accurate. You also need to answer a variety of verification questions. Only then can you proceed with the MMJ online application.

Step 3 – Finalize I.D. Verification & Payment

After you’ve completed the online application, you must provide proof of identity and residency before making your payment. Here is a list of the documentation you’ll need:

  • Proof of Identity: Examples include driver’s license, U.S. Passport, or Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Proof of State Residence: You can prove you are a Connecticut resident by showing a document with your name and residence dated within the last 90 days. Accepted materials include a computer-generated bill from a utility company, a bank statement, or a Medicare/Medicaid benefits statement.

Step 4 – Wait!

Once you complete the entire online process, you need to wait to receive your MMJ card in the mail. However, the DOCP also sends a temporary certificate to your email address. At this point, you can buy medical marijuana in Connecticut from an official state-licensed dispensary.

How Long Does It Take to Get a CT Medical Marijuana Card?

The Connecticut medical marijuana card application may take up to 30 days to process. However, it is usually far quicker than this. In general, you should contact the Connecticut MMJ program directly if you haven’t received your card within three weeks.

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You can make things a little easier by using a service such as Veriheal. This company ensures you benefit from an online consultation with a physician licensed in Connecticut. This meeting usually takes 10-15 minutes. The doctor will initiate the process with the state’s DOCP if you’re approved. You then receive access to the online system to complete the patient’s section of the application.

Veriheal charges $199 for its service, although you must also pay the $100 MMJ program registration fee.

Other Information on the Connecticut Medical Marijuana License Process

Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with a physician to apply for medical marijuana in Connecticut? If so, there are still a few things to remember. Here are some answers to FAQs about getting an MMJ card in CT.

How Do I Renew My Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card?

Medical Marijuana Cards in Connecticut last for one year from the certification date. This is an important distinction because the clock starts ticking from that moment.

When the expiration date approaches, you and your physician will use the same DOCP portal to start the renewal process. We recommend starting weeks in advance so you don’t let the MMJ card expire. If you allow this to happen, you have to start from square one.

Your physician must:

  • Confirm that you are still under their care
  • Provide the date of examination for recertification
  • Confirm there is still a bona fide doctor/patient relationship in place
  • Complete the trio of certifications at the end of the form

You must:

  • Show proof you still live in the state of Connecticut
  • Complete certification/verification steps at the end of the form
  • Provide an updated photo
  • Pay a registration fee of $100

Your primary caregiver must also provide an updated picture. Also, they need to complete the same certification/verification steps at the end of the application and pay a registration fee of $25.

How Do Primary Caregivers Apply?

If you or your physician’s office outlines the need for a primary caregiver, you must register them on the DOCP application. Otherwise, they will not give you a registration certificate. You have to identify the person in question as your primary caregiver and verify some medical information on the application form.

Next, the primary caregiver has to provide a valid email address and a primary telephone number. Then they need to create an account with the Connecticut Online MMJ portal (the same way you did). They will answer a series of questions and submit an I.D in addition to paying a $25 registration fee.

For patients and primary caregivers, please use the following address when mailing supplemental documents:

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection,

Medical Marijuana Program,

165 Capitol Ave,

MS# 88MMP

Hartford, CT

06106-1630

How Much Cannabis Can I Buy and Possess with My MMJ Card?

The maximum amount of marijuana you can buy or possess with a valid MMJ card is 2.5 ounces. This is the maximum 1-month supply as deemed by the state. Some physicians may indicate that you should use a smaller amount.

Where Can I Purchase MMJ in Connecticut?

There are 18 licensed dispensaries in the state, which is reasonable given the relatively small area. Well-known brands such as Curaleaf and Bluepoint Wellness operate within Connecticut. You can see a full list of the available dispensaries here.

Can Minors Apply for an MMJ Card in Connecticut?

Yes, however, the list of qualifying conditions for applicants aged 17 or younger is limited to the following:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Terminal illness requiring end-of-life care
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder
  • Irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Tourette syndrome (when the patient has seen no benefit from standard medical treatment)
  • Intractable neuropathic pain that doesn’t respond to standard medical treatment

Minors need to schedule appointments with two doctors, one of whom must be their primary care provider. Minors must also have a caregiver.

Can I Grow Marijuana at Home in Connecticut?

Yes. A new law came into play on October 1, 2021. It is now legal for MMJ cardholders in Connecticut to cultivate a maximum of six marijuana plants (3 mature and 3 immature). If a household has more than one qualifying patient, that limit increases to 12.

Where Can I Use MMJ?

As is the case in most other states, you can only use MMJ in a private residence in Connecticut.

You are not allowed to use marijuana in any moving vehicle or public place, including the workplace. It is also illegal to use it in the presence of anyone under the age of 18 or within 1,000 feet of school grounds or any university/college property (including dormitories).

Does Connecticut Have Reciprocity?

No. At present, Connecticut does not accept out-of-state MMJ cards. Also, you can’t use marijuana for palliative (preventative) care if it endangers the health of anyone other than the patient or primary caregiver.

Final Thoughts on Getting a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card

The Connecticut medical marijuana program is extremely well-established, and as such, it is relatively easy to apply for an MMJ card. You can schedule an in-person consultation with a licensed physician or use a service like Veriheal to talk to the doctor online. If you receive approval, you can complete the rest of your application online. From there, you have the option to buy medical weed from one of many licensed dispensaries within the state.

Although recreational marijuana is legal in Connecticut, it will be some time before sales officially begin. It also remains illegal to cultivate cannabis without an MMJ card. Therefore, there are advantages to applying for one, so if you want to proceed, let us help!

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