Connecticut is expanding its medical marijuana program. Currently Connecticut recognizes eleven conditions to qualify a patient for the medical marijuana program. Soon there will be three more conditions added to the list. Per the Hartford Courant:
Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A . Harris, who oversees the program, announced Monday that he agrees with recommendations by the program’s Board of Physicians and that he would draft regulations to add the three conditions the board approved:
—Sickle cell disease
—Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
—Post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy — recurring back pain after surgery.
The process of adding the conditions could take as much as a year to complete due to a public comment period and other processes. But a full endorsement from the person that oversees the program should result in a smooth approval process. Currently Connecticut allows medical marijuana for cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, intractable spasticity related to nerve damage in the spinal cord, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Hopefully in the future Connecticut will allow even more conditions to qualify for the program.