Medical cannabis is replacing prescription drugs for Connecticut’s middle-aged, elderly

Since the Thames Valley Alternative Relief medical marijuana dispensary opened in Uncasville in 2014, the pharmacists who run it always have seen a diverse bunch coming to the door. The conditions initially approved to qualify people to access medical cannabis products then ranged from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder, which can affect young and old, rich and poor.

“We’ve always had a good mix of people,” owner Laurie Zrenda said.

As of this week, 26,652 Connecticut residents are registered with the state’s medical marijuana program, which allows them access to one of nine licensed dispensaries and possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis at a time. The law that created the  program protects any information about participating patients — including their average age and which diagnoses on the list of approved conditions are most common — from public information requests.

But doctors, dispensary owners and state officials say medical marijuana is becoming less

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