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Panel recommends allowing medical marijuana for chronic pain

HARTFORD — Connecticut is moving closer to adding two more medical conditions to the list of ailments eligible for medical marijuana.

A board of physicians voted Friday to recommend allowing doctors to prescribe the drug to adults with chronic pain that’s lasted at least six month and is associated with a specified underlying chronic condition.

They’re also recommending adding Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of disorders that affect connective tissues and can be painful.

Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull officially accepted the board’s recommendations, which now await additional reviews and ultimately a vote by the General Assembly’s Regulations Review Committee over the coming weeks.

The physicians did not recommend adding night terrors and parasomnia to the list of eligible conditions.

Currently, 40,000 patients are enrolled in Connecticut’s medical marijuana program.

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