Medical marijuana is a step closer to reality in Connecticut. The State House of Representatives voted to allow the growing and dispensing of marijuana for state residents with debilitating conditions and diseases. The vote came after a seven-hour debate. The bill next goes to the State Senate. Sponsors of the bill say the use of mmj would be restricted to people at least 18 years of age diagnosed with painful, chronic conditions.
If approved, the state would join 16 others and the District of Columbia where marijuana is legal for medical use. The legislation would allow use of marijuana, usually the smoking or inhalation of vapors from dried marijuana flowers. The bill is limited to patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, malnutrition, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease and post traumatic stress disorder.
Under the law, the state Department of Consumer Protection would be able to determine other eligible diseases and conditions in the future. Proponents of the bill said it has been written to avoid the problems encountered in states such as California and Colorado, where the use of the drug has proliferated beyond medical use into the general populace.
“There would be a written certification that would be required to be received from a physician, who would then enable a qualified patient to obtain marijuana for the purposes of their medical care,” said Gerald Fox, the sponsor of the bill. A primary caregiver could also give marijuana to the patient. There would be three to 10 producers that would pay $25,000 fees to grow marijuana and send it to dispensaries, run by licensed pharmacists.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday told reporters that if the bill passes the Legislature, he’ll let it become law. Greenies, it isn’t legalization, but it’s a step in the right direction. Learn more here.
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