Meriden and Waterbury, CT Dispensaries

Find your zen at Willow Brook Wellness and Caring Nature Dispensaries, part of the Zen Leaf family, and discover local state resources for medical patients in the state. 

Meriden and Waterbury, CT Dispensaries

Find your zen at Willow Brook Wellness and Caring Nature Dispensaries, part of the Zen Leaf family, and discover local state resources for Connecticut medical patients. 

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Willow Brook Wellness and Caring Nature Dispensaries in Connecticut

Caring Nature Dispensary

Waterbury

237 E Aurora St

Waterbury CT, 06708

203-437-8477

Willow Brook Wellness

Meriden

1371 E Main St

Meriden CT, 06450

203-889-9600

Resources for Medical Marijuana Patients in Connecticut

Learn how to become a medical marijuana patient in CT and find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about medical marijuana laws in the state so you are prepared to make informed decisions about treating your qualifying condition.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana FAQs

If you are interested in becoming a medical marijuana patient in CT, or if you have your card, you likely have questions about the laws and compliance while purchasing and consuming medical marijuana products. In these resources, we have compiled the most commonly asked questions we receive about medical marijuana in CT and their answers.

Yes, the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program was adopted in June of 2012 and recreational legalized in July of 2021 for persons aged 21 and older.

While adult use cannabis sales have not yet begun, recreational consumers are allowed up to 1.5 oz in their possession and 5 oz at their personal residence in a locked container.

The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program is managed by the Department of Consumer Protection. The Department defines medical conditions that qualify for cannabis, as well as the cannabis limits for patients. Consumer Protection will also oversee recreational cannabis sales.

The State Government of Connecticut anticipates adult use cannabis sales will begin in late 2022. Be sure to subscribe to zen news to stay up-to-date on recreational details.

There are several fees to account for to get a medical marijuana card in Connecticut, including: 

  • Physician fee (evaluation for program) – $150 -$200 
  • State fee (for medical marijuana card) – $100 
  • Caregiver (if needed) – $25 

There are a host of qualifying conditions approved by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, including: 

  • Cancer 
  • PTSD 
  • Glaucoma 
  • HIV/AIDS 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, severe 
  • Wasting syndrome 
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Arthritis 
  • Complex regional pain syndrome 
  • Severe psoriasis 
  • Sickle cell disease 
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Terminal illness, including end-of-life-care 

For patients under 18, qualifying conditions include: 

  • Chronic pancreatitis 
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Severe epilepsy 

A full list of medical cannabis qualifying conditions can be found at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection website.

Obtaining a medical marijuana card can take up to 30 days. The permanent medical marijuana registration certificate will be sent via email to the address used to submit your application. You can use your mobile device to present your approval letter or print and laminate the approval letter to maintain integrity of the document. A physical card will arrive a few weeks after your approval.  
The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program allows physicians that meet certain requirements to prescribe medical cannabis. In order to receive the recommendation, the patient and physician must have an established relationship, meaning the patient must have visited the physician previously and on an ongoing basis. 
No, you will not. Once your portal is created, you use the same credentials for renewing your medical cannabis card, so be sure to record your login information in a place it will be saved. 
No; because we have privacy protection for the medical information of patients called the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical information cannot be included in a background check.  
No, but keep in mind that any criminal history related to marijuana can show up on a federal background check.
No, however, an employer can prohibit the use of intoxicating substances at the workplace and can discipline employees if suspected of being intoxicated while on the job.  
As of October 2021, medical patients over the age of 18 are allowed to grow, with a few stipulations:  Each individual patient may have 3 mature plants and 3 immature plants  Total number of plants per resident cannot surpass 12  Plants must be grown inside and not be visible from the street  Plants must be grown so that no one under the age of 21 can have access to them
Recreational cannabis was passed in Connecticut in April of 2021, though the adult use program has not yet officially launched. The first Connecticut recreational dispensaries are anticipated to begin operating in late 2022. 
Yes, within a single visit you’re allowed to purchase up to 2.5 oz a day, with a maximum of 3.5 oz for each rolling 30 days of your purchases.   While recreational cannabis is not yet available, as of July 2021, adults 21+ can possess up to 1.5 oz of cannabis. Once the adult use program begins, recreational consumers will be allowed to purchase up to one oz a day and carry up to 5 oz in a locked glove box, trunk, or locked container at home.  
To ensure quality cannabis for Connecticut residents, testing is imperative. Lab testing is required and includes an active ingredient analysis, a microbiological containments analysis, a mycotoxin analysis, a heavy metal analysis, and a pesticide chemical residue analysis. 
Dispensaries provide a wide variety of genetics to suit all needs, in a range of indica, sativa and hybrid options. Take a look at the Meriden and Waterbury menus to see the Connecticut cannabis strains near you.
If there is a specific strain you’re looking for, ask your Cannabis Advisor! They will be able to submit a request for that cultivar or recommend one that is similar.
Connecticut has strict rules when it comes to where you are allowed to consume. It may be best to list where you are not allowed to consume, to cover all the bases:  In any moving vehicle including buses  Dorms  Colleges (public or private)  Schools (public or private)  Workplace  No ingestion in front of anyone under the age of 18  No use near anyone that may endanger the health and well-being of another person  Any public place   In short, medicating responsibly in the privacy of your own home is recommended.  
In the state of Connecticut, there is no portal for you to utilize to track your purchase history. Be sure to ask your Cannabis Advisor at each visit to Zen Leaf! 
Yes, if you are driving, operating your vehicle, or otherwise in physical control of your vehicle with more than 1 ng/mL of THC in your blood, you can be charged with a DUI.

Resources for Medical Marijuana Patients in Connecticut

On June 12, 2012, Connecticut became the 17th state to adopt a medical marijuana program and on July 1, 2021, became the 19th state to legalize adult use cannabis. While the state does not yet allow the sales of recreational cannabis, they are expected to begin late 2022.

While recreational cannabis in Connecticut was legalized, the medical marijuana program will remain intact. Learn how to become a CT medical cannabis patient below.

New Connecticut Medical Marijuana Patients

How Do You Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Connecticut?

Obtaining a medical marijuana card in Connecticut requires becoming part of the state’s medical marijuana program, which involves the following steps:

1. Make an appointment with your physician.

A patient certification states that you have received a formal diagnosis for your qualifying medical condition and that the physician believes medical marijuana would benefit you. Physicians who have an active medical license issued by the state, a controlled substance registration issued by the state, and an “active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substance registration” that are registered with the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring Program can certify you for medical cannabis use. Per the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program, you must have an established relationship with the physician in order to be prescribed medical cannabis.

If your physician deems medical cannabis a viable option for you, they will ask for your email address and phone number – this contact information will be used to register you with the Department of Consumer Protection, so be sure it is accurate!

2. Submit the required documentation to the Department of Consumer Protection.

Using the online application service, you must provide a few documents, including: proof of identity (this can be a passport or a state-issued driver’s license, from any state), residency (in the form of a letter such as a bill sent to your name and address, lease or mortgage, or W-2) , as well as pay the $100 state fee.

3. Register your cannabis caregiver, if needed.

If your cannabis physician indicates you need a cannabis caregiver, you must have that caregiver registered. If you do not have the caregiver registered with the state and it is required by your physician, your card will not be approved.

4. Await your approval!

It can take up to thirty days for your approval to arrive, but as soon as you receive your certification via email, you may begin shopping Connecticut medical cannabis!

How Long is a Medical Cannabis Card Valid?

Medical cannabis cards are valid for one year to the date of approval. Be sure to reach out to your qualifying physician before your card expires!

How Do I Renew a Connecticut Medical Cannabis Card?

Renewing your card requires a visit to your physician in order to be re-certified. After your physician approves you, you will need to access the patient portal to submit the required documentation (ID, proof of residency).

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