Medical Marijuana Law Goes Into Effect

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    A budtender pours marijuana from a jar at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in Studio City.

    One of the most controversial laws to go into effect today in Connecticut is one legalizing medical marijuana.

    Starting today, patients who are receiving medical treatment for a debilitating medical conditions set out in the law could qualify for a temporary registration certificate.

    Among the debilitating conditions people can obtain medical marijuana for include cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or HIV, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia (emaciation often caused by cancer or cardiac diseases), wasting syndrome, Chrohn’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other medical conditions, treatments and diseases.

    The first step is for your physician to initiate the registration process by logging into a Web site and certifying you.

    After the physician electronically submits a valid certification, the patient can access the online system to complete the patient portion of the application.

    If the physician certifies the need for a primary caregiver, the caregiver can log in after the patient, and complete the application.
     
    For more on registering, visit the state Department of Consumer Protection Web site.