In The News – 18,000 now use medical marijuana in CT

The recreational marijuana debate is tabled for now, but 18,000 Connecticut residents are using the drug to help with specific debilitating medical conditions.

Medical marijuana was legalized in May of 2012 and put into practice in September of 2014. In the five years since its legalization, the number of dispensaries grew from six to nine. The number of patients in Connecticut now stands over 18,000. Regulations expanded to allow minors with certain serious illnesses to use medical marijuana. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center began testing the drug as an alternative to opioids.

Connecticut Drug Control Division director Rod Marriott said the program is well-received by patients. “It’s always great to hear… [Read more…]

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In The News – How States That Have Decriminalized Marijuana are Managing Its Recreational Use

Via WSHU – In Connecticut lawmakers ended their regular legislative session on Wednesday without reaching an agreement on the state’s next two-year budget. They are hoping to do that in special session before the end of the month.

At issue is a projected $5 billion deficit in the roughly $40 billion two-year state budget being considered. One controversial new revenue source lawmakers are considering to help close that gap is the legalization of the recreational use marijuana. [Read more…]

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In The News – Medical marijuana approved for 3 additional medical conditions in Connecticut

Medical marijuana has been approved for three new medical conditions, while two others were rejected, Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull announced Friday.

Seagull said in a press release that she had followed the Consumer Protection Department’s Board of Physicians’ recommendations to add hydrocephalus with intractable headache, intractable migraines and trigeminal neuralgia to the list of conditions for which doctors may certify patients.

Since the program opened to patients in September 2014, the list of approved conditions has grown from 11 to 22 for adults, as well as six for children. [Read more…]

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Pot pizza? The new twist on medical marijuana

When is the taste test….

via AP: QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don’t want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets.

Quincy-based Ermont Inc. has been selling cannabis-infused pizza for about three weeks to rave reviews.

Director of Operations Seth Yaffe says the company has a whole range of marijuana edibles, but he wanted to offer meals that patients could eat without a lot of sugar.

The 6-inch cheese pizzas sell for $38 apiece. The tomato sauce contains 125 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. The company has sold about 200 already. Yaffe says if patients want toppings, they can add their own.

Only people with state-issued medical marijuana ID cards are eligible to buy the pies.

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In The News – Connecticut doctors recommend adding 3 conditions to medical Marijuana list

The Connecticut Board of Physicians is recommending to add three conditions to the list of medical Marijuana conditions.

According to the Hartford Business Journal, the physicians want to add severe migraines, Hydrocephalus with severe headache and trigeminal neuralgia to the list.

The doctors did not recommend [Read more…]

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