State board divided on 'chronic pain' as qualification for medical marijuana

Published on Monday, 8 July 2019 20:17
Written by The Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) - A state board is divided over whether to add “chronic pain” as one of the approved conditions for registration in Connecticut’s medical marijuana program.

The Hartford Courant reports Connecticut is one of the few states with medical marijuana programs that do not include chronic pain as a condition warranting use of cannabis by patients.

The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians made five additions last month to the list of eligible conditions, but put off a decision on chronic pain.

Board member Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a psychiatry professor at Yale University School of Medicine, opposes adding chronic pain, calling it a “very broad and poorly defined clinical entity.”

Other board members, including William Zempsky from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, disagree.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Monday, 8 July 2019 20:17. Updated: Monday, 8 July 2019 20:19.