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MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL PASSES CONNECTICUT SENATE
Frank J. Riccio, II, Esq. May 2012
Earlier this month, the Connecticut State Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that legalizes and regulates the medical use of marijuana.
Governor Daniel Malloy hailed the bill's passage and said he will sign it into law once it reaches his desk. "There are thousands of people in Connecticut who will likely benefit from this legislation as they struggle with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses," Malloy said in a statement.
Although lawmakers have pondered this issue several times in the past decade, supporters say this year's bill is superior to previous versions. It contains safeguards and restrictions that are lacking in other states.
Unlike other states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, notably California and Colorado, Connecticut would tightly regulate the drug's use, advocates say. To qualify, patients would need a physician's certification that they have a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.
Marijuana would be dispersed only by pharmacists who obtained a special license. Qualifying patients are their primary caregivers would be required to register with the CT Department of Consumer Protection.
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