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Medical Marijuana For Pain Backed By Connecticut Medical Board

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On August 19, The chief of Connecticut’s medical marijuana program said he would start to write up regulations to allow Marijuana to be used by patients who suffer from complex regional pain syndrome after a unanimous decision by a physician review board.

Connecticut’s Consumer Protection Commissioner, Jonathan A. Harris, was the one to add the medical condition to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana.

On August 19,  the state’s Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians recommenced the condition in a 4 – 0 vote.

“Of all the diseases or disabling conditions that presently on the list in Connecticut, I find it hard or difficult to see how this would not be joining some of the other neuropathic conditions,” said Jonathan Kost, a board member.

Board members also noted that medical marijuana could be used in combination with many other drugs by those who suffer from complex regional pain syndrome.

The syndrome now joins six others that are pending final approval: ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease; ulcerative colitis; Fabry disease; sickle cell disease; severe psoraisis and psoriatic arthritis; and post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopat.

If these conditions pass their reviews, they would join the list of existing 11 conditions that qualify a state resident 18 years or older to register for the use of medical marijuana in Connecticut.  These conditions are cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDs, Prakinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, intractible spasticity related to nerve damage in the spinal cord, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

No full legislature vote is required for them to pass regulations but they must first pass through a hearing and public comment period and then the regulations will be voted on in front of a review committee.

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