Frequently Asked Questions
What is required for your initial appointment at REN Health?
Be a legal resident of Connecticut
Have at least one of the 31 qualifying medical conditions (listed below)
Provide us with medical records that state your qualifying medical condition
What medical conditions will qualify a patient for medical marijuana?
Patients who are currently receiving medical treatment for a debilitating medical condition set in the state of Connecticut may qualify for a registration certificate: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell disease, post laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy, complex regional pain syndrome, ulcerative colitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, terminal illness requiring end-of-life care, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder, irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.
What do I have to do after my physician certifies me to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)?
Once the physician completes your certification, you will need to take additional steps of the registration process with the CT Department of Consumer Protection. Create a DAS Business Network Account so you can access the online registration system. Go to https://www.biznet.ct.gov/AccountMaint/Login.aspx and click the “Log In/Out” button in the top left corner. Log in to your account with the email address you supplied to your physician, verify that the information submitted is accurate and answer a series of certification questions.
I created and completed the DAS account, what's next?
You need to submit the following to the DCP:
Proof of Identity ( see examples )
Proof of Connecticut residency ( see examples )
Current passport size photograph ( see photograph requirements )
$100.00 registration fee (checks/money orders should be made payable to “Treasurer, State of CT”)
You will be able to upload these documents and pay the fee when you submit your registration application online.
The final decision for the issuance of the medical marijuana registration certificate (card) will rest with DCP. If issued, the card will expire one year from the date of the physician certification. You should carry your card with you whenever you are in possession of medical marijuana.
My medical marijuana registration certificate (card) will expire soon, how can I renew it?
First, you will need to schedule an appointment with a REN Health physician before the expiration date. Before your card expires, the registration system will allow you and your doctor to begin the renewal process. In large part, the renewal process will be similar to the process that you went through for your original registration. When you log into the system, however, you will notice that many of the fields are already filled in for you. If any information has changed from the previous year (e.g., you or your caregiver has a different address), you must notify REN Health physician of such change not later than at the time of your renewal appointment.
Will my insurance cover the medical marijuana certification fees?
At the current time no insurance companies cover medical marijuana related costs.
How much marijuana can a qualifying patient possess?
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 DCP.
Can patients use medical marijuana anywhere?
Connecticut law prohibits the use of medical marijuana:
in a bus, 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
in the presence of anyone under the age of 18
if it in any way endangers the health or well-being of another person, other than the patient or caregiver
Can a landlord refuse to rent to someone or take action against a tenant solely because the tenant is qualified to use medical marijuana?
No, Connecticut law prohibits it.
Can a school refuse to enroll someone solely because the person is qualified to use medical marijuana?
No, Connecticut law prohibits it.
Can an employer decide not to hire someone or decide to fire, or otherwise penalize or threaten that person, solely because the person is qualified to use medical marijuana?
No. An employer, however, may prohibit the use of intoxicating substances during work hours or discipline an employee for being intoxicated while at work.
What if I need to make changes to my card or I have lost it?
If there has been a change in your name, address, telephone number, physician, or primary caregiver you need to complete and send this form the DCP Medical Marijuana Program within five (5) business days. Failure to do so may result in revocation or suspension of your registration certificate. If you have lost your registry card, you need to submit this form along with a $10 administrative fee to the DCP, Attention Medical Marijuana Program within five (5) business days, in order to receive a new card.
What if the status of my qualifying condition significantly changes?
If there is a change in status of your debilitating medical condition and such change may affect your continued eligibility to use medical marijuana, you must notify the physician who certified you within five (5) business days of such change pursuant to CT law and regulations.
Who determines whether a patient needs a primary caregiver?
If you believe you need a primary caregiver, please notify the physician at the time of your certification appointment, so that the physician can evaluate and certify the need for a caregiver, when appropriate. The Department of Consumer Protection will not register a primary caregiver for a patient unless the need for the caregiver is documented by the patient's physician in his or her written certification to the Department.
Who can serve as a primary caregiver?
To be qualified as a patient’s primary caregiver, you must:
Be 18 years old or older
Agree to undertake responsibility for managing the well-being of the qualifying patient with respect to the palliative use of marijuana
Have not been convicted of a violation of any law pertaining to the illegal manufacture, sale or distribution of a controlled substance
Not be the qualifying patient’s physician.
In addition, if the qualifying patient lacks legal capacity, you must be the patient’s parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the patient.
Who chooses the patient’s primary caregiver?
Once the physician certifies for the DCP that a qualifying patient is in need of a primary caregiver, the patient can choose who will be their caregiver so long as the caregiver meets the standards discussed above. In fact, no one will be permitted to apply for a primary caregiver registration until a qualifying patient has identified the person as their caregiver, thereby initiating the caregiver registration process.
Can I have more than one primary caregiver?
No, the DCP will only register a single caregiver on behalf of a patient.
Can I change a caregiver?
Yes, you need to complete this form and send it to DCP to be able to change your caregiver. Please note, this can be done once a year at the time of your card renewal.
How can I obtain medical marijuana in Connecticut?
Medical marijuana patients in Connecticut are to obtain their medical marijuana from registered dispensaries: Connecticut medical marijuana dispensary facilities.
Can I change a dispensary?
Yes, you can change your dispensary up to four (4) times a year. To do so, you need to complete this form and mail, e-mail or fax it to DCP.
My medical condition is not listed as one that would make me eligible for medical marijuana. Can additional medical conditions be added to the list?
To be added as a qualifying condition, such recommendations will need to be approved by the DCP and implemented by the adoption of a regulation. The Department of Consumer Protection's regulations on medical marijuana have set out a process by which members of the public can petition the Board of Physicians to recommend additional medical conditions, medical treatment or diseases to the list of conditions that qualify for the palliative use of marijuana.