Medical marijuana: Thousands of Connecticut patients, but few doctors participate

Most of the medical marijuana patients in Connecticut are being seen by a handful of doctors, whose role is to certify patients’ eligibility and send them to one of the state’s six dispensaries.

That’s the case even as state Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris has launched a public service campaign to increase the number of doctors registered in the medical marijuana program.

Only 239 doctors have signed up as of July 23, Harris said, up 17 from the beginning of the campaign of radio and print public service announcements, although Harris said he couldn’t determine any connection between the increase and the campaign itself.

“There’s been incremental growth for a while,” he said. “We would like to keep expanding so it meets the expanding patient base.”

Of his doctor-recruitment campaign, Harris said, “We want to let them know to be aware that there is potentially another tool in their...

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