Connecticut

Tue
24
Nov

Mom Believes Marijuana Plant Oil Can Help Kids With Epilepsy

Each morning, Kim Hearn attaches a feeding tube to her son before outfitting him in specialized clothes that lend support to his torso, ankles and legs. A seizure often disrupts the process. It's a rigorous routine for this Stratford mom but it's nothing, she says, compared to what the 10-year-old, who can't speak or sit on his own, endures: "Sean just accepts it."

As a baby, Sean was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of epilepsy. A dozen medications have failed to reduce the 30-plus seizures Sean experiences every day. Each episode is damaging to the boy, already frail. Hearn believes there could be an answer: an oil made from marijuana plants called Charlotte's Web.

Mon
05
Oct

Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State

Alaska

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry

 

Arizona

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:

Wed
23
Sep

Connecticut: Sixteen Vie To Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Some With Multiple Sites

HARTFORD — Sixteen applicants have submitted the 19 proposals for new medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut, as the state seeks to increase the number from six to as many as nine, according to a list released by the state.

Three applicants have submitted proposals for multiple locations, and one — Angelo DeFazio, who now operates one of the six existing dispensaries, in Hartford — is seeking to open a second location.

The state is compiling the applications, which needed to be submitted by Friday, and did not release the proposed locations of the dispensaries. The state is focusing on New Haven and Fairfield counties where there are the most registered patients and the fewest dispensary options.

Fri
18
Sep

CT: State Gets 19 Proposals For Medical Marijuana Dispensary Expansion

The state wants to add as many as three medical marijuana dispensaries — especially in New Haven and Fairfield counties — and now there are 19 proposals for rolling out the expansion.

Details of the proposals — the names of the applicants or the dispensary locations — weren't available late Friday from the state Department of Consumer Protection. The applications had to be submitted by a 3 p.m. deadline and the details had yet to be compiled, officials said.

"We think we had a great response," Jonathan Harris, the department's commissioner, said. "We have a healthy pool from which to do our analysis and make an appropriate selection of up to three."

Selections will be made by early next year, and the new outlets could be open by June, Harris said.

Mon
07
Sep

High School E-Cigarette Smokers Use Device To 'Vape' Marijuana: Study

Almost one-fifth of high schoolers who use e-cigarette devices have operated it with marijuana, based on a new study. Electronic cigarettes function by vaporizing or "vaping" tobacco's nicotine or pot's tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), eliminating the creation of carcinogens caused by the burning tobacco or cannabis plant. However, the health effects of smoking e-cigs are still unclear.

The study involving Connecticut high school students was published in the journal Pediatrics.

Using e-cigarettes to smoke tobacco or marijuana has not been proven to be clearly safer than using traditional cigarette sticks or marijuana joints. In fact, the researchers wrote that vaping cannabis oils might cause higher amounts of THC to be released than puffing on dried hemp leaves.   

Mon
07
Sep

High schoolers use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana: US study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one in five high school students who said they used electronic cigarettes to vaporize nicotine also used them to vaporize pot, according to a survey of nearly 4,000 Connecticut teens.

The study, published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, is the first evidence that teens are using electronic cigarettes to vaporize cannabis, the researchers said.

Sat
22
Aug

CT: State did right in expanding medical marijuana list

The issue: Careful consideration has to go into the types of physical ailment that qualify state residents to participate in Connecticut’s relatively new medical marijuana program.

As it stands now, 11 conditions are approved by statute for patients to get prescribed doses of the drug to ease symptoms.

Fri
21
Aug

Medical marijuana rules vary widely state to state

After waiting in line for hours at a booth during a medical marijuana convention in San Francisco, Jeff Harrington needed only a two-minute consultation and a written recommendation to become a medical marijuana patient in California. He now can legally purchase and possess marijuana from any one of thousands of marijuana businesses in the state.

Across the country in Connecticut, an established physician-patient relationship is required before patients are deemed qualified for medical marijuana, and only licensed pharmacists can own and operate dispensaries.

Thu
20
Aug

Connecticut Medical Board Backs Marijuana For Pain Syndrome

HARTFORD — The chief of Connecticut's medical marijuana program said Wednesday he will draft regulations to allow the drug to be used by those who suffer from complex regional pain syndrome, immediately following a unanimous recommendation by a physician review board.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris, who oversees the state's medical marijuana program, added the medical condition — marked by severe pain, swelling and hypersensitivity to touch following an injury or surgery — to the list of medical conditions approved for medical marijuana.

Tue
18
Aug

CT: Medical Marijuana Industry Grows Despite Restrictions

Nearly a year after the state's six medical-marijuana dispensaries opened, patients are changing their habits.

For quick relief, they are smoking marijuana less and inhaling its vapours and therapeutic oils more, those in the industry say. Others are eating cookies or placing strips with the various active ingredients into their mouths to alleviate pain, nausea and seizures associated with the growing list of ailments.

Prices that a year ago were markedly more expensive than the underground market have dropped sharply and are now competitive, according to dispensaries, state officials and market analysts.

"When I started having success, I took the oil," said William McDonald, 42, of Monroe, referring to CBD extract, which does not induce a high.

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