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Connecticut Adds New Qualifying Conditions to MMJ Program

On Tuesday, Connecticut’s Regulations Review Committee added eight new conditions to the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program, according to a Connecticut Mirror report. All eight conditions are valid diagnoses for adults and two of the conditions are approved for child patients as well.

Adult-only qualifying conditions:

  • Muscle Spasticity or neuropathic pain with fibromyalgia
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia, which is a complication of shingles
  • Hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) with intractable headache
  • Intractable headache syndromes
  • Neuropathic facial pain

For adults and those under 18:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta, also called brittle bone disease

With the added conditions, Connecticut’s medical cannabis program now has a total of 30 conditions approved for adults and eight for those under 18.

“Now that these regulations have been accepted, more patients with severe medical conditions will have access to medical marijuana as a treatment option. … I continue to be proud of the careful way that our program has expanded, and its commitment to a true medical model.” –Michelle H. Seagull, CT Consumer Protection Commissioner, via CT Mirror

The conditions, approved by the legislature, now await posting by the Secretary of State’s office. They’re expected to be finalized within a week.

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