The Medical Professional’s Role – Any Medical Doctor In Connecticut Can Certify Patients
Physicians must have a bona-ﬁde physician-patient relationship in order to certify patients for the use of medical marijuana. This means that the physician has an ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition or its symptom(s). The physician has:
- Completed a medical physical assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition;
- Diagnose the patient as having a debilitating medical condition;
- Prescribe, or determine it is not in the patient’s 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 who wish to certify a patient
for medical marijuana 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.
Physician Certification Process
Physicians are the gatekeepers to the medical marijuana registration system. No patient or caregiver can log in to the system until a physician initiates their application.
Once you, the physician, conclude that your patient should be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection for the palliative use of marijuana, you can access the online registration system to certify your patient as meeting the medical prerequisites for a registration certificate.
To begin certifying your patients, you must:
- Confirm that you meet the Physician Requirements and Eligibility in terms of having the proper licenses and registrations.
- Create a DAS Business Network Account (https://www.biznet.ct.gov/DCP-MMRP/) so you can access the online registration system.
- Log in to the registration system using your DEA Number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- Be prepared to obtain contact information for your patient, including a valid e-mail address (if your patient has one) and a primary phone number. This information must be included in the patient profile page of your certification before you can submit the certification.