Many states have recognized the legitimate medical use of marijuana and have developed programs with specific protocols and qualifications to become a medical marijuana patient. In Connecticut the Department of Consumer Protection implements and oversees this program. For the first time since the program’s inception a dispensary will open in the Northwest Corner in Torrington providing more access for Northwest residents interested in becoming patients
Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull from the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), Tom Macre from Still River Wellness, and Mark Braunstein, one of the lead proponents of medical legalization and a patient, will each briefly discuss medical Cannabis, legal requirements and how the state system functions, who qualifies and how, ailments treated with Cannabis, types of preparation and other aspects. Then a panel discussion will follow with plenty of time for questions and answers.
Michelle H. Seagull was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) in May 2017 and re-nominated by Governor Lamont in January 2019. From 2011 until her appointment as Commissioner, Ms. Seagull served as the Deputy Commissioner for DCP. When serving her first term as Deputy Commissioner, she led that team that developed DCP’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Prior to joining DCP, Ms. Seagull was a partner at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP where her practice focused on issues related to unfair competition laws. Ms. Seagull received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in Glastonbury with her husband and their two children.
Mark Braunstein became a paraplegic from a diving accident in 1990. He uses no pharmaceutical drugs, but instead uses only traditional herbal remedies, including marijuana to treat the spasms and pains of his spinal cord injury. For the next 23 years, until his retirement in 2013, he was the art librarian and art curator at Connecticut College.
He served as Connecticut’s poster child for medical marijuana, beginning in January 1997 when he publicly confessed to his criminal Cannabis usage on the front page of the Sunday editorial section of the “Hartford Courant”. Between 1997 and 2012, he testified eight times before Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee, for the legalization of medical Cannabis.
He has written 5 books and over 100 magazine articles, including about medical marijuana, available on his website at www.MarkBraunstein.Org/medical-marijuana
Tom Macre Jr. is the managing member of C-3 Ventures dba Still River Wellness dispensary in Torrington. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, he co-founded MedTech, a Medical Equipment company with his father. He has been serving as medical sales representative and manager for the past 6 years. Macre has helped providers develop treatment plans for their patients and has worked one-on-one with each patient to ensure proper training and education on the safe and effective use of his company’s equipment.
Working with pain management physicians, he learned the value that medical marijuana could have for patients suffering from chronic intractable pain. He has been involved with the medical marijuana industry and has attended numerous conferences and educational seminars on medical Cannabis including Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA., University of California and at Waterbury hospital. He has been hired as a consultant by other groups applying for medical marijuana licenses outside the state of CT.