About the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program

For complete information, visit: CT Department of Consumer Protection

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, Chapter 420f, Section 21a-408, patients who are currently receiving medical treatment for a debilitating medical condition set out in the law may qualify for a registration certificate.

To qualify, a patient must be a Connecticut resident, being treated for a debilitating medical condition by a Connecticut-licensed physician.

Each patient may also register one primary caregiver if the need for a caregiver is documented by the patient's physician.

Willow Brook Wellness provides complimentary consultation services and application assistance for current and future patients. Give us a call, we can help you through this process.

 
 

For Prospective Patients

+ Qualifying Conditions

A patient may only register for a medical marijuana certificate if he or she is a Connecticut resident being treated for a debilitating medical condition by a Connecticut-licensed physician.

For Adults, Debilitating Medical Conditions Include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired
  • Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • 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
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological
  • Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
  • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache
  • Intractable Headache Syndromes
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders

For Patients Under 18, Debilitating Medical Conditions Include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological
  • Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Severe Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Qualifications for a Registration Certificate

  • Qualifying patient must be a Connecticut resident.
  • Qualifying patient must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • Qualifying patient cannot be an inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.

+ How to Get Certified

First, Make an Appointment with Your Physician:

  • Only your physician can initiate your application by certifying for the Department that you have a medical condition that qualifies you for a medical marijuana registration certificate.
  • If your physician decides to certify you for a medical marijuana registration certificate, he or she will ask you for a number of things including:
    • A valid e-mail address: This should be an email address that you are comfortable using in connection with your medical marijuana registration, as it will be the primary method the Department will use to communicate with you.
    • A primary telephone number: This should be a personal telephone number that the Department can use to contact you about your medical marijuana registration.

If you are a patient seeking to register with the Department’s Medical Marijuana Program you must:

Submit to the Department:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Connecticut residency
  • Current passport size photograph
  • $100.00 registration fee. Fee is payable by credit, debit, check or money order (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. If you need assistance uploading any documents into the system, please contact us at Willow Brook Wellness, we are here to help.

Register Your Primary Caregiver, if Applicable

  • If your physician certification indicates a need for you to have a primary caregiver, you must register a qualified caregiver before the Department will issue you a registration certificate. The Department will not register a patient who needs a primary caregiver until the caregiver’s application is completed and approved.

+ Why Choose Willow Brook Wellness?

Willow Brook Wellness is focused on serving patients with passion, respect, and trust while educating them on options and resources available to help them on their journey.

Our goal is to provide support within the CT medical marijuana program by offering experience, knowledge, and compassion that patients can count on.

Our patients are our priority. Always.

  • Centrally located to major highways and roads – I-91, I-691, Rt 15, Rt 66, and Rt 5
  • Individualized treatment approach
  • Pre-orders from our web site
  • Large inventory and variety of strains, vaporizers, and accessories
  • Experienced pharmacists with extensive knowledge about medical cannabis
  • Highest standards for customer service
  • Handicap accessible
  • Discounts for Veterans and seniors, every day

+ How to Transfer from Another Dispensary

Please keep in mind you may change your dispensary up to four times a year. It takes DCP approximately 24-48 hours to process the change request.

+ Schedule an Appointment for Help with Paperwork After Seeing Physician

Click here to book an appointment.

 
 

For Registered Patients

+ How to Schedule an Appointment

Click here to book an appointment.

+ Initial Paperwork

Change of Dispensary Form
Please keep in mind you may change your dispensary up to four times a year. It takes DCP approximately 24-48 hours to process the change request.

+ Reset Date Calculator

Who Decides My Allotment Amount?
The maximum 30-day allotment available to patients is 2.5 ounces. Your certifying physician decides how much of this maximum you will be allotted during your certification visit.

How Do I Calculate My Reset Date?
First, download the reset date calculator.

To input your first date of purchase, double-click the blue box to the right. Type in your date and then hit the Enter key. Your future allotment reset dates will be generated below.

If you are unaware of your first purchase date, feel free to contact us or ask at your next visit.

To calculate dates beyond those listed, follow the previous steps and then input a future reset date from the list generated as your first date.

+ How to Re-Register

Qualifying patient registrations will be valid up to one year from the date of the physician written certification. This means that if your doctor certified you on October 1, 2012, your registration (and your caregiver’s registration) will expire on October 1, 2013, even if you did not complete your application until several weeks later.

The date of your card's expiration will be on the front of your card. The State does not send out reminders to get recertified, it is up to you whether you want to recertify or not.

Before your card expires, the registration system will allow you and your doctor to begin the renewal process. The earliest a patient can be recertified is 30 days before the expiration date of the current registration. In large part, the renewal process will be similar to the process that you went through for your original registration. Recertified patients and caregivers will not be issued new cards but will receive by email a certificate to use with the expired card, upon approval by the Program.

The following is what each person will need to do to complete the renewal:

Physician:

  • Confirm that the patient is under your care;
  • Provide the date that you examined the patient for the recertification;
  • Confirm that you still have a bona-fide patient/physician relationship;
  • Complete the three certifications that are at the end of the form; and
  • Update any other information to the extent it has changed from the previous year (e.g. if you or the patient has a new address).This information will already be filled in and the Department will assume it is the same if you do not change it.

Patient:

  • Provide a photo ID;
  • Provide proof that you still live in Connecticut;
  • Provide an updated photograph;
  • Complete the six certifications at the end;
  • Pay a one hundred ($100.00) dollars registration fee; and
  • Update any other information to the extent it has changed from the previous year (e.g., you have a different address).
    • Remember: Your physician enters your medical and personal information, you need to inform him or her of any changes (eg: address, email address) during your visit.
    • Before submitting your application, if any information is not correct, you need to contact the Medical Marijuana Program to make the corrections.
    • If your name has changed, in addition to making sure your physician updates that information in his or her certification, you will need to provide the Department with an updated proof of identity.

Caregiver:

  • Provide a photo ID;
  • Provide an updated photograph;
  • Complete the five certifications at the end of the form; and
  • Pay a twenty-five ($25.00) dollar the registration fee.

Qualifying patient applications can take 30 business days to process. Upon approval of your application, a temporary certificate will be e-mail to you. This temporary certificate is valid for 60 days from the approval date of your application.

The temporary certificate will allow you to use your selected dispensary facility while your permanent Medical Marijuana Certificate is being mailed. Please contact us if you do not receive your Medical Marijuana Certificate after 30 business days.

Temporary registrations must be printed out and kept in your possession at all time. You will not be able to purchase any medical marijuana product without it.

Please call Willow Brook Wellness to schedule an initial appointment PRIOR to visiting the dispensary (this does not apply to renewal certifications, only initial certifications).

Please Note: Your certificate is valid up to one year from the date your physician certified you. It is in your best interest to complete the “Online Application” with DCP as soon as possible

 
 

For Physicians

+ Qualifying Conditions

Physicians who wish to certify a patient for medical marijuana must:

  • Possess an active Connecticut medical license issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  • Practice within the State of Connecticut.
  • Possess an active controlled substance registration issued by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection that is not subject to limitation.
  • Possess an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substance registration that is not subject to limitation.
  • Be registered with, and able to access, the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring Program.

Physicians must also have a bona fide relationship with the patient in order to register them with the program.

  • A bona fide physician-patient relationship means a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition or a symptom of the patient's debilitating medical condition whereby the physician has:
  • Completed a medically reasonable assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition;
  • Diagnosed the patient as having a debilitating medical condition;
  • Prescribed, or determined it is not in the best interest to prescribe, prescription drugs to address the symptoms or effects for which the certification is being issued;
  • Concluded that, in the physician’s medical opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks to the patient; and
  • Explained the potential risks and benefits of the palliative use of marijuana to the patient or, where the patient lacks legal capacity, to the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the patient.

In addition, the physician should be reasonably available to provide follow-up care and treatment for the patient, including any examinations necessary to determine the efficacy of marijuana for treating the patient's debilitating medical condition, or a symptom thereof.

+ Physician Requirements & Eligibility

This page contains information needed to complete the online application in order to certify a Qualifying Patient. Prior to attempting to complete the online application, you are strongly encouraged to access and refer to the Physician Quick Reference Card. These will assist you in certifying a qualifying patient.

Physicians are the gatekeepers to the medical marijuana registration system. No patient or caregiver can log in to the system until a physician initiates their application.

Once you, the physician, conclude that your patient should be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection for the palliative use of marijuana, you can access the online registration system to certify your patient as meeting the medical pre-requisites for a registration certificate.

+ How to Register a Patient

To begin certifying your patients you must:

  • Confirm that you meet the Physician Requirements and Eligibility in terms of having the proper licenses and registrations.
  • Create a DAS Business Network Account so you can access the online registration system.
  • Log in to the registration system using your DEA Number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Be prepared to obtain contact information for your patient, including a valid e-mail address and a primary phone number. This information must be included in the patient profile page of your certification before you can submit the certification.

+ Schedule a Visit to Willow Brook Wellness

Willow Brook Wellness would love to have you visit our dispensary facility and learn more about us. Please call us directly or email info@willowbrookwellness.com to schedule a time that works for you.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who is eligible to use medical marijuana?

To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a Connecticut-licensed physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law (include link to the patient section containing the conditions). Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut. An inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Department of Correction will not qualify, regardless of their medical condition.

+ How do I register as a patient?

The first step is to make an appointment with the physician treating you for the debilitating condition for which you seek to use marijuana. You will not be able to register in the system until the Department receives a certification from your physician that you have been diagnosed with a condition that qualifies for the use of medical marijuana and that, in his or her opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks of such use. The State of Connecticut began accepting physician certifications on October 1, 2012.

Once your physician has certified you for the use of marijuana, the Department will seek additional information and documents from you demonstrating, among other things, your identity and residency to determine whether you are qualified under the statute to register with the Department. Once the Department receives the required information, DCP will make a determination as to whether you are eligible for a registration certificate and, if so, one will be sent to you.

+ 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?

The Commissioner of Consumer Protection has established a Board of Physicians consisting of physicians or surgeons who are board-certified in one of the following specialties: neurology, pain medicine, pain management, medical oncology, psychiatry, infectious disease, family medicine or gynecology. The board will recommend to the Department of Consumer Protection additional medical conditions, medical treatments, or diseases to be added to the list of medical conditions that qualify for the palliative use of marijuana. To be added as a qualifying condition, such recommendations will need to be approved by the Department 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. We encourage you to review all pertinent information directly on the DCP website.

+ Does the law require health insurers to cover medical marijuana?

No. The law explicitly says it does not.

+ Can patients use medical marijuana anywhere?

No. The law prohibits ingesting marijuana in a bus, a 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; or in the presence of anyone under 18. It also prohibits any use of palliative marijuana that endangers the health or well-being of another person, other than the patient or primary caregiver.

+ How much marijuana can a patient have on hand?

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 Board of Physicians.

+ 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.

+ Can a school refuse to enroll someone solely because the person is qualified to use medical marijuana?

No.

+ 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 are my options as a patient if I have a qualifying medical condition and believe that medical marijuana would be the most effective treatment for my symptoms but my physician will not certify me for the medical marijuana program?

The Department of Consumer Protection cannot require physicians or hospitals to recognize marijuana as an appropriate medical treatment in general or for any specific patient. If you believe that your physician is not providing you with the best medical care for your condition, then you may want to consider working with a different physician. The Department, however, cannot refer you to a different physician; any information we receive regarding which physicians have, or will, certify patients for medical marijuana is being treated with the utmost level of confidentiality.