Consumer Protection commissioner proposes new medical marijuana conditions

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Board of Physicians met to discuss seven petitions to add new conditions to the Medical Marijuana Program. The Board took votes and made recommendations to the Commissioner, who ultimately decides what conditions the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) will add to draft regulations, and put through the process to update the current Medical Marijuana regulations. Today, Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris informed the Board of Physicians of his decision regarding which conditions DCP will seek to add to the list of debilitating conditions through the regulation making process.

Commissioner Harris agreed with all recommendations made by the Board of Physicians saying, “The Board of Physicians provides excellent guidance and advice to the Medical Marijuana Program in Connecticut. Our program remains one of the nation’s best because of its security, and thoughtful expansion. We make all of our decisions regarding the program with the goal of providing the best health care possible, and don’t make decisions without serious consultation with the medical community. We’re proud that our program has grown to help over 16,000 severely ill patients lead better lives in our state.”

The recommendations regarding the submitted petitions are below:

Submitted Condition Changes/Limits to Conditions Recommended by Board Recommended to be Added for Adults Recommended to

be Added for Minors

Fibromyalgia Recommended as “Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia” Yes No
Rheumatoid Arthritis Recommended as “Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis” Yes No
Post Herpetic Neuralgia, Peripheral Neuropathy and Allodynia from Shingles Recommended as “Post Herpetic Neuralgia” Yes No
Muscular Dystrophy N/A Yes Yes
Atopic Dematitis, Eczema N/A No No
Osteroarthritis N/A No No
Severe COPD/Emphysema N/A No No

After DCP drafts a regulation to add the conditions, there will be an additional public hearing and comment period, the regulation then will be reviewed by the Office of the Attorney General, and ultimately require the approval of the Regulation Review Committee of the General Assembly.

There are currently 16,388 medical marijuana patients, and 629 certifying physicians registered with the state’s program. Today, are 22 conditions that qualify adult patients for medical marijuana, and six conditions that qualify patients under 18. The Board of Physicians consists of nine members found here.

Those who wish to petition the Board of Physicians may visit DCP’s website here for the process, and any questions can be directed via email to [email protected], or by calling (860) 713-6066.

A copy of the Commissioner’s letter to the Board of Physicians can be found here.

 

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