Hartford, CT: Public Act 12-55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana, took effect on Monday, October 1. Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy signed the measure into law on June 1. Connecticut is the 17th state since 1996 to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis as a therapeutic option for qualified patients.

“Patients are afforded legal protections under this act is they are diagnosed with cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurolgical indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Online registration for qualifying patients and their physicians is now available from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.