To Establish a Compassionate Need Program for CT Medical Cannabis Patients at State Level

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The undersigned support the change outlined within this petition to the current Medical Marijuana Program.

Please plan, draft and implement a state level compassionate need program within a reasonable time frame.

The medical marijuana program aims to serve a population who are very sick and may have exhausted many other options before trying medical cannabis.

Many of the 20,000+ medical marijuana patients currently registered in Connecticut are disabled, elderly, veterans, and/or facing financial hardship.

A patient is required to pay out of pocket for an annual office visit to be registered or to get their registration renewed for the program by a medical professional, these fees can be upward of $250. A patient is then expected to pay up to $125 registration fee each year to the state of Connecticut as well as pay out of pocket for their cannabis medicine.

This leaves many patients or prospective patients unable to register for the program or renew their registration, and therefore unable to obtain safe clean cannabis medicine. Financial disparity should not be a determining factor for a patient to be able to receive medicine.

This causes a patient distress and hardship in their time of great need and therefore we request your immediate implementation of a state-level compassionate need program.

We kindly request that the Department of Consumer Protection Medical Marijuana Program Commissioner, review and respond to this petition promptly upon its receipt.

The issue outlined within this petition is of an urgent nature within a program that serves an extremely vulnerable population.



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