Connecticut Hears Pleas to Expand Illnesses for Medical Marijuana

Patients and their advocates pleaded with a state panel of doctors Wednesday to expand Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program to include additional medical conditions beyond those currently allowed by state law.

“Gentlemen, you ought to let the patients have this stuff,” Jay Jacovitz of Norwalk, who has psoriasis, told the program’s board of physicians.

“Whoever wants it should be able to have it. … People are suffering, and I know that you’re on this board because you recognize that. So, let’s deliver it,” he said.

This is the first wave of petitions seeking an expansion of the Medical Marijuana Program. Connecticut’s six marijuana dispensaries started selling the drug Sept. 22 to about 3,000 registered patients who can buy marijuana in the state.

The program’s board of physicians is reviewing petitions to add severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis; sickle cell disease; Tourette’s disorder; and post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy — chronic pain after back surgery — to the list of qualifying maladies. A hearing Wednesday morning drew fewer than a dozen people who spoke to the board in a government meeting room.

The Medical Marijuana Program is administered by the state Department of Consumer Protection. The department is accepting written materials, petitions and testimony from the public until Dec. 12.

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