Three new conditions could qualify for medical marijuana treatment

Rules are being drafted to include three new medical conditions to the list of those that qualify for use of medical marijuana in Connecticut

Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A . Harris announced this week that the agency is putting together regulations to add conditions to those that qualify for palliative use of medical marijuana in Connecticut. The conditions, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Fabry Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis, were reviewed and voted upon by the Medical Marijuana Program’s Board of Physicians on April 22.

Earlier this year, the department began the process to adopt a regulation to add Sickle Cell Disease, Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy, and Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis to the list of 11 original conditions that qualify for palliative use of medical marijuana. These had been recommended by the Board of Physicians in January 2015.

The regulation review process for all conditions will include a hearing and public comment period before the proposed regulation is sent to the Attorney General for review and then to the General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee for the final vote needed to add the conditions to the regulations.