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Medical Marijuana Rules Approved

By Jamie1

Connecticut’s new medical marijuana program will move forward now that regulations governing the system were approved by a key legislative committee in a voice vote Tuesday afternoon.

The vote, by the regulations review committee, clears the way for the state to seek applications for marijuana growers and sellers. William Rubenstein, consumer protection commissioner, said he expects that producers and dispensaries will be up and running by spring or early summer next year.

To qualify to use marijuana for medical purposes, a patient must be diagnosed with one of the following debilitating medical conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. The Department of Consumer Protection can add other medical conditions to the list, in consultation with a state-appointed, eight-member board of physicians.

The patient would receive certification from a physician and register with consumer protection. The state then would check that the patient meets other qualifications — that he or she is at least 18, is not a prison inmate and is a Connecticut resident.

The only way certified patients will legally obtain marijuana is through a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. The state will issue dispensary licenses only to Connecticut-certified pharmacists. If the regulations are approved, Rubenstein said, his department will set a maximum number of dispensaries that can be licensed.

Under the law, patients cannot grow marijuana themselves or purchase it from out-of-state dispensaries.

To be licensed to grow marijuana and produce medical marijuana products, applicants must put $2 million in escrow with the state, which will be gradually reduced over five years as the licensee hits certain milestones. Producers also will have to pay a $25,000 application fee and a $75,000 license fee. (The application fee for …read more

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