Registering For Your Medical Marijuana Card
If you qualify for the palliative use of medical cannabis based on the current recognized conditions, your physician can certify you via an online registration system through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Every physician who meets the following criteria has the ability to certify a patient for medical cannabis program:
- Possess an active Connecticut medical license issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
- Practice within the State of Connecticut.
- Possess an active controlled substance registration issued by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection that is not subject to limitation.
- Possess an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substance registration that is not subject to limitation.
- Be registered with, and able to access, the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring Program.
If your physician meets these requirements and is willing to qualify you for the medical cannabis program, please use the following steps as guidelines for the patients registration process. In the event that your physician does not feel comfortable qualifying you for the program, please note there are physicians in Connecticut who willing and currently accept appointments for new patients in order to review medical records and complete the certification process.
1. Make an appointment with a physician
Physicians must have a bona fide relationship with the patient in order to register them with the program. A bona fide physician-patient relationship means a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition or a symptom of the patient’s debilitating medical condition whereby the physician has:
- Completed a medically reasonable assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition;
- Diagnosed the patient as having a debilitating medical condition;
- Prescribed, or determined it is not in the best interest to prescribe, prescription drugs to address the symptoms or effects for which the certification is being issued;
- Concluded that, in the physician’s medical opinion, the potential benefits of the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks to the patient; and
- Explained the potential risks and benefits of the palliative use of marijuana to the patient or, where the patient lacks legal capacity, to the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the patient.
- In addition, the physician should be reasonably available to provide follow-up care and treatment for the patient, including any examinations necessary to determine the efficacy of marijuana for treating the patient’s debilitating medical condition, or a symptom thereof.
If your physician decides to certify you for a medical marijuana registration certificate, he or she will ask you for a number of things including:
- A valid e-mail address: This should be an email address that you are comfortable using in connection with your medical marijuana registration, as it will be the primary method the Department will use to communicate with you. Therefore, please be careful before providing an email address that others can access or that belongs to your employer. If you do not have a valid e-mail address, the system will provide a temporary e-mail address to your physician, which he or she will provide to you for purposes of completing your registration application. The temporary e-mail address will not otherwise be functional and the Department will communicate with you through other means.
- A primary telephone number: This should be a personal telephone number that the Department can use to contact you about your medical marijuana registration.
2. Create your online account
Create a DAS Business Network Account so you can access the online registration system. Go to https://www.biznet.ct.gov/DCP-MMRP/Default.aspx and click the “Log In/Out” button in the top left corner.
Log in to your account with the email address you supplied to your physician, verify that the information he or she submitted is accurate and answer a series of certification questions.
3. Submit the Following:
- Submit to the Department:
- Proof of Identity
- Proof of Connecticut residency
- Current passport size photograph
- $100.00 registration fee (checks/money orders should be made payable to “Treasurer, State of CT”)
You will be able to upload these documents and pay the fee when you submit your registration application online, or you can mail them to the Department. If you require assistance taking a passport size photo or uploading the necessary documents to the Biznet site, Prime Wellness can help with this process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us assistance or for more information.
Register Your Primary Caregiver, (if Applicable)
If your physician certification indicates a need for you to have a primary caregiver, you must register a qualified caregiver before the Department will issue you a registration certificate. The Department will not register a patient who needs a primary caregiver until the caregiver’s application is completed and approved.