Connecticut Adds 8 New Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

State lawmakers in Connecticut recently expanded the medical marijuana program by adding eight new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. Connecticut’s Regulation Review Committee, a group of lawmakers that oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, recently voted to expand the program. In total, the committee voted to approve eight new medical marijuana health conditions. These include a handful of new conditions for adult patients. Similarly, the expansion also adds a couple of new health conditions for younger patients.

Adult patients 18 and older in Connecticut will now be able to use medical marijuana to treat:migraines, intractable headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, facial pain and postherpetic neuralgia. Additionally, patients younger than 18 can now access and use medical marijuana to treat muscular dystrophy and brittle bone disease. Each of these conditions tend to produce a lot of pain. State officials hope that medical marijuana can be an effective way to treat or decrease the pain experienced by patients with these conditions.

The Regulation Review Committee unanimously approved the new round of additions. Members of the committee told local news sources they expect to see many more patients enroll in the state’s medical marijuana program. So far, officials do not have a precise guess at how many patients will join. But the state reportedly already has more than 27,000 medical marijuana patients. Similarly, there are nearly 1,000 doctors licensed to recommend medical marijuana to patients. Currently, there are nine medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut.

This is the latest change to cannabis laws in Connecticut. Prior to these changes, the state’s marijuana laws have remained relatively unchanged for several years.

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