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Connecticut: Panel Recommends Medical Marijuana For ALS, Ulcerative Colitis


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A board of physicians on Wednesday recommended adding Lou Gehrig's disease and ulcerative colitis to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Connecticut.

The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians voted 3-1 to recommend including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and ulcerative colitis, but they split 2-2 on including Fabry disease, reports Matthew Sturdevant at the Hartford Courant.

Consumer protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris will review the board's recommendations and make the final decision.

"The commissioner may choose to accept or reject any or all of the board's recommendations with regard to choosing to promulgate a regulation to add any condition," said Claudette Carveth, spokeswoman for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Any change to the program is also subject to a process that includes a hearing and public comments, review by the state Attorney General, and a vote by the General Assembly's regulation review committee.

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