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Demand for Medical Marijuana Lighting Up in Connecticut

Marijuana to combat medical conditions has been legal for over a year in CT.

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Demand for medical marijuana is picking up, according to one of Connecticut’s three “marijuana doctors”.

Back when medical marijuana was first legalized in 2012, Dr. Corey Jaquez would only get one or two consultations each week, he told Fox Connecticut. But now, that number is around 14 consultations a week and he is considering opening his practice on another day of the week for consultations.

Dr. Corey Jaquez works at one of three practices in Connecticut which advertise prescribing medical marijuana. But all Connecticut doctors are authorized to offer the drug. So far, about 2,000 people in Connecticut have obtained medical marijuana cards, Fox Connecticut reports.

In order to legally obtain medical marijuana, patients must have one of the following qualifying conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • AIDS or HIV
  • 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
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Or any other medical condition, medical treatment or disease approved by the Department of Consumer Protection
With a medical marijuana card, patients can legally keep up to one month’s supply of the product at any one time, according to Fox Connecticut

Doctors like Dr. Corey Jaquez don’t give qualifying patients the marijuana. Patients need to go to a legal dispensary. So far, four manufacturers and six dispensaries have been licensed, but residents have objected to dispensaries, The New York Times reports.

A survey last month found that a full 90 percent of Connecticut residents support the medical use of marijuana. But what do you think? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments section.

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ConcernedCitizen June 19, 2014 at 06:11 AM
Thinking cannabis given to people who have life changing injuries would cause more accidents is ridiculous. Moreover, Most if not all are housebound and in great pain. Stop with the negative comments demonizing this miracle plant. This reminds me of what my Mother always said: If you have nothing nice to say move on.. In addition, I have a quote for you, "Its better to remain silent and be thought a foo,l than to speak out and remove all doubt!" You have two ears and one mouth; thats so you can listen twice as much as you speak...
Rick June 19, 2014 at 06:24 AM
No problem with Medical Mary Jane dispensary, as long as it's not in a residential area, and those who need it, get it.
martin gerics June 19, 2014 at 07:15 AM
CT. putting the "cart before the horse" by legalizing without having the industry to support the new law has actually hurt patients. it costs them money to legally maintain their patient licenses each year and they still have no access to medicine. the people crying "not in my backyard in the cities and towns around the state are the only voices against these grow facilities and dispensaries being heard because their the only voices showing up at city and town debates. enough is enough! the law is in place! its time to deliver the product and open the already authorized dispensaries! end the patient suffering and end the high risk behavior they are forced to engage in by seeking medicine on the black market!
Craig Zac July 03, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I have Wasting Syndrome, can I really get medical Pot? I mean, I haven't had a Dr. tell me I have it but my wife does all the time: "Honey, you're wasting time sleeping on the sofa".. "honey, why do you waste food, eat the left overs don't give em to the dog!", "honey, don't take so long in the shower, your wasting water"... Sheesh, I bet I can get a lot of Pot!!!

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