Doctors are talking about adding more medical conditions to the state's marijuana program.
The Connecticut Board of Physicians held a public hearing to discuss petitions on Wednesday morning.
The petitions seek to add five conditions to Connecticut's medical marijuana program. The conditions include the following:
The board said it meets twice a year to consider petitions to add new conditions that qualify for the palliative use of marijuana in Connecticut.
One of the speakers was 19-year-old Taylor Dudek, who suffers from Hydrocephalus.
"I am asking you today to please look at me, and see a young woman," Dudek said. "A young woman who wishes to live again, who has just been surviving."
Hydrocephalus is the build-up of fluid in the brain and Dudek said she is now hoping she will soon qualify for medical marijuana. Dudek said she's had surgery, sat through hundreds of doctors appointments, and tried traditional medications. However, so far, nothing has worked.
"I can't recall a day, where I haven't opened my eyes and the first thought on my mind was something other than the constant, throbbing, pounding pain in my head," Dudek said.
With hydrocephalus one of the conditions being considered, Dudek made her push to the board.
"As a result of this chronic constant pain, I don't sleep very well at night," Dudek said.
There are already 22 conditions approved for adults and six for people under the age of 18.
"We want people, if they have a concern to voice that concern so the physicians on the board can be a face to the condition that's being brought up," Drug Control Division Director Rodrick Marriott said.
After the hearings, the board gives a recommendation to the Department of Consumer Protection. If agreed to, the additions will go through a regulation process, which includes public comment and a review by a legislative committee.
State officials said there are 18,198 medical marijuana patients in the state. There are 693 physicians registered to certify patients.
More information on the state's medical marijuana program can be found here.
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