Migraines accepted for medical marijuana program in Connecticut

Patients with intractable migraines and two other afflictions have been recommended for inclusion in the state’s five-year-old medical marijuana program.

The program’s board of physicians voted on the ailments after public hearings Wednesday. The recommendations go to Michelle H. Seagull, commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection who is a non-voting member of the board, for final review. If she accepts the recommendations, it could still be months before they are written into state regulations.

The board approved Hydrocephalus, a brain blockage that causes headaches; Trigeminal Neuralgia, which causes facial nerve pain; and migraines. The doctors turned down requests for those with anxiety disorders and Menieres Disease, an inner-ear affliction that can result in vertigo.

"The primary goal of our medical marijuana program is, and has always been, to provide high quality health care," said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. "We value, and care very deeply...

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