Estimated time: 1-6 months
First, it’s important to understand how the process works. You’ll want to read How to Get Legal if you haven’t already done so.
If you don’t already have a qualifying medical condition, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional to discuss your mental state, commonly referred to as a PTSD screening. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get an appointment. With the number of registered patients in Connecticut increasing, expect to schedule at least a month in advance.
The next step is to meet with a marijuana doctor. Expect the same circumstances for obtaining an appointment here; it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. It is not advised to schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor before seeing a mental health professional if you do not already have a qualifying medical condition. If you and your doctor decide that medical marijuana is suitable to help treat symptoms, they will begin the registration process with the Department of Consumer Protection. Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the registration process yourself.
Once you submit the requirements for registration, there is a 10-14 business day waiting period (2-3 weeks) to receive your temporary permit. A few weeks later, you will receive a physical card by mail.
All in all, it may take a few months to go through all the steps. The biggest variable will be scheduling availability.