Connecticut Parents Preparing for Children’s Medical Marijuana

After years campaigning for the right to use a medical-marijuana extract to treat her daughter’s seizures, Dana Haddox-Wright is now planning to wean Ella, her six-year-old, off of the potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals she’s been taking for years. 

At the same time, marijuana producers across the state are making liquified and edible forms of marijuana that children will be able to use. And state officials are creating an expedited application process to help those patients under 18 years old get signed up for the program. 

Their actions follow Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signature this week on a law that will allow children to participate in the state’s two-year old medical marijuana program as of Oct. 1. Those under 18 need a parent’s permission, a letter from two doctors and cannot use marijuana in a smokeable form. 

“The first step is to ask our doctors to write letters,” said Haddox-Wright, of Wilton, whose...

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