Connecticut Dispensaries Could See Rise in Patients

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Connecticut dispensary owners may have access to a larger market soon, as a physicians board has recommended adding four diseases to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis cards.

The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians wants to allow patients with sickle cell anemia, recurring pain after back surgery, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to have access to MMJ. The group, however, rejected a proposal to add Tourette syndrome, according to the Hartford Courant.

The board’s recommendations will now be sent to Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris. If he approves any of the conditions, he will write regulations that would then undergo another hearing before being sent to a Connecticut General Assembly committee.

Adding new conditions could expand the market for cannabis businesses by hundreds of patients. Roughly 3,400 patients have signed up for the program so far, according to the latest data from the state. The first dispensaries opened last fall.