Medical marijuana to be sold in Connecticut by summer: governor

MILFORD, Connecticut Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:00pm EST

A bag of marijuana being prepared for sale sits next to a money jar at BotanaCare in Northglenn, Colorado December 31, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A bag of marijuana being prepared for sale sits next to a money jar at BotanaCare in Northglenn, Colorado December 31, 2013.

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MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Medical marijuana will go on sale in Connecticut by summer 2014, dispensed throughout the state by four vendors, Governor Dannel Malloy said on Tuesday.

Marijuana is illegal in the United States under federal law, but Connecticut is among 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that allow use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Four applicants have been chosen as the state's first-ever legitimate producers of medical marijuana to serve the needs of seriously ill patients in Connecticut, said Malloy, who appeared at a press conference along with Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein in West Haven.

The selected dispensaries are Advanced Grow Labs, LLC, in West Haven; Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions, LLC, in Portland; Curaleaf, LLC, in Simsbury, and Theraplant, LLC, in Watertown.

Nearly 1,700 patients have been certified so far for the state's medical marijuana program, Malloy said.

The governor in 2012 signed the law to allow licensed physicians to prescribe medicinal marijuana for adults suffering from certain debilitating diseases or medical conditions.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (3)
Mylena wrote:
I am totally agreed with marihuana treatments, but, a problem the legislation gave away the approval and our system still is not prepare to control the treatment. So, let me guest, sick people has no money they will get the stuff and sell third parties, so if I have one incident with any under influence of this drug ( by the way kill brain cells that can not be reproduce), I will sue the authorities not just the criminal.

Jan 28, 2014 5:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Paulpot wrote:
Cannabis is a safe, effective and cheap medicine.
It is is important for the treatment of pain and many conditions.
It will relieve great suffering for many people and will also reduce the finacial burden on the health care system.

Jan 28, 2014 11:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Paulpot wrote:
Cannabis is a safe, effective and cheap medicine.
It is is important for the treatment of pain and many conditions.
It will relieve great suffering for many people and will also reduce the finacial burden on the health care system.

Jan 28, 2014 11:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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