Connecticut adds eight conditions to medical marijuana treatment list

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Connecticut added eight ailments to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis, including muscular dystrophy and intractable headaches.

The Register Citizen reported that the state legislature’s Regulation Review Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to add the new conditions, which is a move that could boost MMJ sales.

The eight additional ailments bring to 30 the number of adult conditions treatable through MMJ in the Constitution State. Minors can be treated for eight conditions.

Connecticut’s nine dispensaries and four growers are discussing adding more storefronts and growers in light of an increasing patient count. Expanding the conditions list should spur that discussion onward.

The eight new conditions for adults include:

  • Spasticity, or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus with intractable headache
  • Intractable headache syndromes
  • Neuropathic facial pain
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta

The last two conditions also apply to patients younger than 18.

More than 27,000 patients are signed up for Connecticut’s medical marijuana program, and nearly 1,000 physicians can recommend MMJ.

The new regulations will go into effect after the Department of Consumer Protection submits it to the Secretary of the State’s office, which is expected to happen next week.