Connecticut medical marijuana activists want whole flower, not ground-up plant – New Haven Register

Marijuana activists in Connecticut are asking the Department of Consumer Protection to offer whole cannabis buds in the state’s medical marijuana program, rather than ground-up plants.

Peter Mould of North Haven is executive director of Connecticut NORML, which advocates for reform of marijuana laws. He and others claim that homogenizing the plant, which the state requires, results in “the degradation of the cannabinoids, the actual essential oils that are in the flower,” Mould said.

Mould has posted a petition at change.org (search for “medical marijuana CT”), which states: “We request that you please change your regulations to allow producers to sell the bud-form to dispensaries, in order to enable patients to have their high-quality medicine.”

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“The patient community is suffering because of this,” Mould said.

Medical marijuana became available in Connecticut in September, although not all of the four growing facilities have product to distribute yet. It requires that the marijuana be tested by a lab and packaged like a traditional medicine. Patients can buy it through any of six dispensaries if they suffer from one of 11 conditions, including glaucoma, cancer and Crohn’s disease.

But Mould called the final product basically “ground-up dust” and said, “I completely understand why they’re trying to do it, but it doesn’t make sense with cannabis.” He said he is registered to buy medical marijuana for back injuries. “I suffer from spasms every day of my life,” he said.

“It was deplorable,” Mould said of the medical marijuana. “I vaporize and it’s deplorable.”

Colin Souney of Guilford, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, agreed with Mould that ground-up marijuana “deteriorates. It’s just like the vegetable sitting in the grocery store,” which loses its nutrients if chopped up.

He said of the state-controlled product: “The effect is short, the feeling in your mouth is not pleasant and, unfortunately, if …read more