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New diseases considered for treatment with medical marijuana

The Medical Marijuana Board of Physicians has recommended adding new conditions to the list of medical conditions allowed to be treated with medical marijuana.  Connecticut's Consumer Protection Commissioner agreed, and will draft regulations. 


The conditions are sickle cell disease, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy, which is recurring back pain after surgery.  The Board voted unanimously against adding Tourette's Syndrome, a disorder of the nervous system that produces involuntary tics and vocalizations, to the list of qualifying conditions.


The regulation review process will include a hearing and public comment period before the proposed regulation is sent to the Attorney General for review and then to a Legislative Committee. 


The original 11 medical conditions set forth in Public Act 12-55 include:



Parkinson's Disease

Multiple Sclerosis



Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity

Crohn's Disease

Positive status for HIV or AIDS

Wasting Syndrome

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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