Physician Requirements & How to Certify a Patient

Physicians must have bona fide relationship with patient

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.

Physicians whom certify patients must:

  • 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.

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