Qualify & Register

Step 1.

Meet with a Physician

First, make an appointment with your physician. Only a physician can initiate your application by certifying that you are a patient with a qualifying condition with Department of Consumer Protection. In addition to having a qualifying condition, you must be a resident of Connecticut.

 

Your physician will register you as a patient using a valid email address. Please note that if you do not have an email address, you will need to create one to complete the registration process.

Step 2.

Complete State Application

Once your physician has certified you, you will need to complete the application on the State of CT’s website, www.BIZNET.CT.gov – Instructions for completing the application will be emailed to you from DCP.MMP@CT.gov once you have been successfully certified.

 

You may ask the Dispensary Facility of your choice for assistance with application process. Thames Valley Relief is happy to help patients complete and submit their applications on a walk-in basis during business hours.

Step 3.

Schedule Patient Orientation

You will receive an email from DCP.MMP@CT.gov upon approval with the subject line, “Temporary Medical Marijuana Patient Registration Certificate.”

 

When you receive your Temporary Registration Certificate via email, please call the Dispensary Facility to schedule your Orientation Appointment. The Orientation Appointment includes a complimentary, private consultation with a Pharmacist and your first purchase.

Additional Program Information

Renewals

To renew your Medical Marijuana Card you need to visit a Certifying Physician or APRN. The provider you choose will re-certify you by entering your information into BIZNET again. Once you complete this step with your provider, you are required to complete your application on BIZNET. The documents and fees required are the same for both new applicants and renewal applicants. The Medical Marijuana Program will only allow your certifying physician or provider to enter you for renewal 30 days or less before your expiration date.

 

If you are a patient paying with a debit or credit card through BIZNET without a name change, an email change or a caregiver, you are eligible to be approved as soon as the payment is processed. This change was made by the Medical Marijuana Program to streamline the process for renewal applicants by reducing the processing time.

 

If you are a patient who is paying by check or money order, a patient with a caregiver, a patient with a name change or email change, you will have to wait for your application to be reviewed by the Medical Marijuana Program. The Medical Marijuana Program may take up to 30 Business Days to process an application.

Application Checklist

Please use the Application Checklist to prepare you for completing the application for the first time. The checklist will ensure you have all of the documents you need and the correct method of payment to complete the application during your visit to the dispensary facility or from home.

 

Please note: If you are using the application checklist to prepare for a renewal application, you do not need to create and activate a BIZNET account if you are using the same email as the year prior.

 

Your registration lasts for exactly one year starting on the day the physician or nurse practitioner of your choice certifies you as a patient with a qualifying condition.

 

Please plan on completing your application on the same day as certification OR as soon as possible to get the most time out of the year of certification you are paying for.

What is a Caregiver?

In Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program, a Caregiver is someone who will help the patient manage their well-being pertaining to their use of Medical Marijuana. The Caregiver must be 18 years or older and not have any convictions pertaining to the illegal sale, manufacture, or distribution of a controlled substance. If the caregiver is approved, they may visit the dispensary facility with the patient and/or pickup medications on the patient’s behalf.

 

Adding a caregiver can only be initiated by your certifying physician or nurse practitioner. The caregiver will be responsible for completing their application.

 

For more information, please use the Caregiver Quick Reference Card.

Forms of Payment

You may use a Debit or Credit Card at the Dispensary Facility to pay the registration fees to the Medical Marijuana Program, with the exception of American Express.

 

If you wish to pay with a personal check or money order, you must make it out to, “Treasurer, State of CT,” and mail it to:

 

Department of Consumer Protection
Medical Marijuana Program
450 Columbus Boulevard – Suite 901
Hartford, CT 06103-1840

Application Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:30AM – 5:30PM

Saturday: 9:30AM – 2:00PM

Sunday: Closed

Qualifying Conditions for Adults

  • Cancer (Effective 2012)
  • Glaucoma (Effective 2012)
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune
  • Deficiency Syndrome (Effective 2012)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (Effective 2012)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (Effective 2012)
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective
  • Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity (Effective 2012)
  • Epilepsy (Effective 2012)
  • Cachexia (Effective 2012)
  • Wasting Syndrome (Effective 2012)
  • Crohn’s Disease (Effective 2012)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Effective 2012)
  • Sickle Cell Disease (Effective 2016)*
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy (Effective 2016)*
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (Effective 2016)*
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Effective 2016)*
  • Ulcerative Colitis (Effective 2016)*
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1 and Type II (Effective 2016)*
  • Cerebral Palsy (Effective 2016)Cystic Fibrosis (Effective 2016)
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity (Effective 2016)
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care (Effective 2016)
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder (Effective 2016)
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia (Effective 2018)*
  • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (Effective 2018)*
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Effective 2018)*
  • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache (Effective 2018)*
  • Intractable Headache Syndromes (Effective 2018)*
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain (Effective 2018)*
  • Muscular Dystrophy (Effective 2018)*
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Effective 2018)*
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders (Effective 2018)*

 

* Conditions were approved by the Regulation Review Committee via the recommendation of the Board of Physicians and Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

 

Source: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Medical-Marijuana-Program/Qualification-Requirements

Qualifying Conditions for Minors

  • Cerebral Palsy (Effective 2016)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (Effective 2016)
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity (Effective 2016)
  • Severe Epilepsy (Effective 2016)
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care (Effective 2016)
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder (Effective 2016)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (Effective 2018)*
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Effective 2018)*

 

* Conditions were approved by the Regulation Review Committee via the recommendation of the Board of Physicians and Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

 

Source: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Medical-Marijuana-Program/Qualification-Requirements

Acceptable Residency Proofs

You must submit one document from the following list to prove that your home is located in Connecticut. The document must:

  • Show your name and your Connecticut residence address;
  • Be dated within 90 days (unless stated otherwise below); and
  • Be computer generated (not typed)

 

Acceptable documents include:

  • Computer-generated bill or statement from a bank or mortgage company, utility company, doctor or hospital
  • Pre-printed pay stub showing both your name and address and your employer’s name and address
  • W-2 form property or excise tax bill, or Social Security Administration or other pension or retirement annual benefits summary statement and dated within the current or prior year
  • Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement
  • Current valid homeowner’s, renter’s or motor vehicle insurance policy dated within the last year
  • Current motor vehicle loan statement for a motor vehicle registered in your name
  • Residential mortgage or similar loan contract, lease or rental contract showing signatures from all parties needed to execute the agreement and dated within the last year
  • First-class mail addressed to your home address
  • Connecticut voter registration card
  • Survey of your Connecticut property issued by a licensed surveyor
  • Connecticut handgun permit
  • Motor vehicle registration

Acceptable Identity Proofs

You must submit one legible copy of a non-expired identification form.

Acceptable forms include:

  • Connecticut or Out-of-State Issued Driver’s License
  • Connecticut Issued ID
  • Connecticut pistol or firearm permit
  • US Passport or Passport Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship