While recreational cannabis may be hitting many east coast ballots, it has yet to arrive in the state of Connecticut, despite a large portion of its residents approving the measure. However, until recreational laws are addressed residents and tourists in Connecticut can acquire cannabis through the use of a medical marijuana card.

In order to receive a medical marijuana card in Connecticut, you must be suffering from one or more of the debilitating medical syndromes defined by the state. These syndromes include; cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, severe epilepsy, terminal illness requiring end-of-life care, uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder, sickle cell disease, post laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy (failed back surgery syndrome resulting in recurring back pain), severe psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

These conditions must be identified by their licensed primary care physician, who will provide a signed physician's statement agreeing that the patient's physical condition can benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana. From there, the physician must initiate the online registration process that will be completed by the patient or patient's caretaker to receive a medical marijuana card. The cost of this online application fee is $100 and is payable to the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program.

Once a patient has received their medicinal marijuana card they will be able to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries throughout the state. Currently, there are only 9 medical dispensaries in the state of Connecticut servicing over 11,000 patients. Patients are able to purchase up to a one month supply at a time but are not permitted to cultivate any cannabis plants at home. It is also important to keep in mind that it is against the law to take any amount of cannabis purchased within the state of Connecticut outside of state lines.