Connecticut expands MMJ conditions list

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Connecticut’s 11 conditions for medical cannabis are getting some company, as a state legislative committee voted this week to increase that number to 17.

That means an expanded customer base for the state’s six current dispensaries and three new storefronts that are expected to come online this summer. The number of registered patients stood at 8,678 as of Feb. 21, and was already continually growing. With new conditions on the list, that growth will only accelerate even further.

The new ailments, according to the Hartford Courant, include Lou Gehrig’s disease, ulcerative colitis, sickle cell disease, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, complex regional pain syndrome, and recurring back pain after surgery.

The changes will go into effect in “about 30 days,” the Courant reported, meaning that’s when patients with those conditions can apply for MMJ cards.