Connecticut Senate passes medical marijuana bill

HARTFORD, Connecticut Sat May 5, 2012 11:16am EDT

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HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - The Connecticut Senate passed a bill on Saturday legalizing marijuana use for medical purposes with tight restrictions aimed at avoiding problems that have plagued some of the 16 other states where pot is now legal.

After nearly 10 hours of debate, the Senate voted 21-13 in favor of the measure, which already cleared the House.

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy was expected to sign the bill. Once he does, Connecticut will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing use of marijuana to treat sick patients.

Connecticut's legislation calls for tight regulation of the plant, a move advocates say is aimed at avoiding problems that have plagued some of the other states, include disagreements with the federal government.

Under the bill, patients and their caregivers must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. In addition, their doctors must certify there is a medical need for marijuana to be dispensed, including such debilitating conditions as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy. And, medical marijuana would be dispensed only by pharmacists with a special license.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Eric Beech)

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Comments (3)
MetalHead8 wrote:
About time CT! Get peope the cheap medicine they need, and maybe spare them the fate my best firend suffered (slow, painful death)

May 05, 2012 12:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:
The restrictions are pretty heinous, and the pharmacy gets a piece of the action to boot. It will be interesting to see how many doctors apply for the “special” registration to recommend “special” brownies.

May 06, 2012 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
breezinthru wrote:
Preposterous. Cannabis Prohibition has failed. It was a bad idea from the start.

Only fools could fail to recognize that fact and only fools would choose fools to represent them in government.

May 07, 2012 8:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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