A good friend passed onto me a great piece of knowledge the other day about some new legislation pending in Hartford, which could eliminate the cost of state fees associated with the CT Medical Marijuana Program for veterans. The bill will require the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to waive the registration and administration fees for veterans registered as qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana. I admit they could have created a better name “An Act Eliminating Certain Fees For Prescribed Medical Marijuana For Veterans.” Raised Bill No. 5351
I would like to see this pass; however I do believe cannabis should be available to all patients without state fees. If I was injured and needed Vicodin, Percocet, or Oxi, all of which are more dangerous than cannabis, I don’t need a license.
“The department shall issue a registration certificate to the qualifying patient and to the primary caregiver and may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed twenty-five dollars, for each registration certificate issued under this subsection, except that no such fee shall be charged to a veteran, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103. Any registration fees collected by the department under this subsection shall be paid to the State Treasurer and credited to the General Fund.”
I have PTSD, I have been told by multiple doctors, I will never be cured of my condition. I can work towards removing triggers, and slowly acclimate to civilian life, but it’s hard to turn the deep seeded aggression and depression off. Cannabis allows me to have a life, where the pharma drugs put me to sleep or detach me from reality. I enjoy my career and most importantly I can be a good father and husband when I have the proper medication. Cannabis provides relief and allows me to live in the now and not dwell in the past, doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I fought to defend this country and democracy; I believe I should have access to medication to treat the residual effects of my commitment.
Please give this legislation a read: https://legiscan.com/CT/bill/HB05351/2016