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Connecticut to explore medical marijuana expansion

HARTFORD – On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., the state Board of Physicians will hold a public hearing to discuss petitions it has received to expand Connecticut’s medical marijuana program.

The public hearing will be held at the Department of Consumer Protection’s offices at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford in North Meeting Room D.

“Wednesday’s hearing will be the first step we take in considering new conditions as additions to the program. Our program is one of the most secure in the country, and we take the process by which conditions are added very seriously,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris in a statement. “That’s why the medical community is so involved in our process, and there are multiple opportunities for public comment. We look forward to hearing from the public tomorrow about how we can continue to make our program as effective as possible for patients with severe debilitating conditions.”

The conditions being heard are:

• Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema
• Severe COPD/Emphysema
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Fibromyalgia
• Osteoarthritis
• Post herpetic Neuralgia, Peripheral Neuropathy and Allodynia from Shingles
• Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are currently 15,115 medical marijuana patients, 591 physicians registered to certify patients, 22 conditions approved for adults, and 6 conditions approved for patients under the age of 18.