Q. Who is eligible to use medical marijuana?
A. You must have one of the following debilitating medical conditions as outlined by the state of Connecticut including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord, peripheral neuropathy, intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease or post-traumatic stress disorder/PTSD. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut. An inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Department of Correction will not qualify, regardless of their medical condition.
Q. Does Holistic Healing provider actually prescribe my medical marijuana?
A. We do not prescribe medical marijuana. We discuss various treatment options with you during your 15-20 minute consultation, which includes past treatments, symptoms you which to alleviate as related to your qualifying condition. If you qualify, you will be approved by a Holistic Healing provider to receive a medical cannabis card, sometime that very same day.
Q. Can any medical doctor prescribe or recommend marijuana?
A. No they cannot. Each of our Holistic Healing providers have been credentialed and hold a specialized license to perform medical marijuana evaluations in their respective states. They must be fully compliant with those stae’s medical cannabis programs and laws. They all possess an extensive, working knowledge of the benefits of medical marijuana.
Q. What if I’ve never used marijuana before?
A. Many patients come to us seeking alternative treatment for their conditions, that doesn’t involve opioids, after they’ve seen the difference marijuana makes. Our Holistic Healing providers help determine how medical marijuana can help relieve your individual symptoms, depending on your needs. We are here to answer all your questions and ensure your safe and effective use of medical cannabis.
Q. What do I bring with me to my appointment?
A. We need proof of residency in Connecticut and your medical records/history showing the diagnosis you wish to seek treatment for. If you have these with you at the time of your appointment, our Holistic Healing providers can approve you the same day.
Medical records require you sign a release from your doctor, primary care, specialist/surgeon or social worker’s office.
Proof of Connecticut identity: valid CT driver’s license, CT issued identification card, CT pistol or firearm permit, US Passport, Permanent Resident Card (Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship)
Proof of CT Residency: current utility bill, pay stub, bank statement, mortgage bill, property tax bill, Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement, homeowner’s, renter’s or motor vehicle insurance policy.
Q. How do I register as a patient?
A. The first step is to make an appointment with one of our licensed providers to see if you qualify as having one of the 22 debilitating conditions for which you seek to use marijuana. You may begin the registration process online with the state, however you will not be able to complete your registration in the system until the Department receives the approval from your physician that you have been diagnosed with a condition that qualifies for the use of medical marijuana and that, in his or her opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks of such use.
Once your physician has certified you for the use of marijuana, the Department will seek additional information and documents from you demonstrating your identity and residency to determine whether you are qualified under the statute to register with the Department. Once the Department receives the required information, we will make a determination as to whether you are eligible for a registration certificate and, if so, one will be sent to you.
Q. How do I renew my certification?
A. When your certification is due to expire, we will provide you with the proper renewal paperwork. You still require proper identification, to complete the renewal process.
Q. I have been contacted by, or saw an advertisement for, someone claiming they can help me get a patient or caregiver registration certificate. Is there a way for me to find out if this company is associated with the Department of Consumer Protection?
A. The Department of Consumer Protection is not working with any outside businesses in connection with the patient and caregiver registration process. Moreover, the Department has not shared any information about the registration process with anyone, beyond what is on this website. Our goal is to design a registration system that is easy to understand and that would not require you to work with a third party in order to register. Also, the only information the Department will be requesting will be information that you, your physician, or where applicable, your caregiver should have.
Q. Can patients use medical marijuana anywhere?
A. No. The law prohibits ingesting marijuana in a bus, a school bus or any moving vehicle; in the workplace; on any school grounds or any public or private school, dormitory, college or university property; in any public place; or in the presence of anyone under 18. It also prohibits any use of palliative marijuana that endangers the health or well-being of another person, other than the patient or primary caregiver.
Q. How much marijuana can a patient have on hand?
A. The maximum allowable monthly amount is 2.5 ounces unless your physician indicates a lesser amount is appropriate. Any changes to the allowable amount will be based on advice from the Board of Physicians.