Connecticut Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Malloy says he will sign it into law. Oxford's representative votes for the bill, town's senator votes against it.

The Connecticut Senate approved a bill early Saturday that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. Dannel Malloy says he will sign it into law.

The Senate voted 21-13 in favor of the bill at 2:34 a.m. making Connecticut the 17th state to have approved such a bill. The District of Columbia has also approved a similar bill.

The law includes complex regulated system of cultivation, dispensing and licensing, according to the Huffington Post, which says the bill outlines specific diseases that would be treated under the drug and requires patients to get a recommendation from their physician and establishes a system of licensing for patients, caregivers and growers. Read the full Huffington Post article here

The bill, officially known as House Bill 5389: An Act Concering the Palliative Use of Marijuana, was introduced by the state's Judiciary Committee. On April 25, the bill passed the House of Represenatives by a vote of 96-51.

State Rep. David K. Labriola, R-Oxford, voted in favor of the bill.

State Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, whose district covers Oxford, voted against the bill.

Malloy released the following statement on Saturday:

“There are thousands of people in Connecticut who will likely benefit from this legislation as they struggle with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. With them in mind, I want to commend the General Assembly for passing this bill.

“I understand many of the concerns raised by opponents. We don’t want Connecticut to follow the path pursued by some other states, which essentially would legalize marijuana for anyone willing to find the right doctor and get the right prescription. In my opinion, such efforts run counter to federal law. Under this proposal, however, the Department of Consumer Protection will be able to carefully regulate and monitor the medicinal use of this drug in order to avoid the problems encountered in some other states.

“This legislation is about accomplishing one objective: providing relief to those with severe medical illnesses. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.” 

Tina May 06, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Will Wilkin May 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Sen Kane wants sick people in jail for pot while the much more dangerous, deadly addictive alcohol is sold in grocery stores on Sunday.
Craig Zac May 07, 2012 at 01:18 PM
But of course, CT will have strickter laws than the other state... I thought CT was such a Liberal state?? this sounds kinda conservative to me. I just cant help but wonder if Legalizing Pot is gonna have the least bit effect on the street dealers... if its going to be hard to get legally, and more expensive Im willing to bet, wouldnt that make buying it the good old fashioned way the better choice? I think they should legalize it completely with no restrictions except for age restrictions of course. Whats the difference? its not addictive and isnt any worse than tobacco or booze.
Craig Zac May 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Sen. kane is just a parrot, regurgitating whats been said by others and saying what he thinks his constituants want to hear...its just a game. Please as many voters as possible so you can keep yourself in a cushy job as long as possible. Politics arent about the people or the state / country anymore, they havent been for a couple hundred years now. Its all about the person in the seat. The money, power, perks, fame... whatever... its a game and its a joke. laws, rules, ban this, keep that legal, outlaw this, bend this rule, make that rule... just to keep their jobs. lso, Special Interest groups sould NOT be allowed to have anything to do with politicking, they should NOT be Allowed to make donations over a capped amount (say $150,000.00) Also, When folks are running for some type of pffice, from mayor all the way to President, they shoudl take an average of both candidates and make that the campaign budget for both. none of this junk where one person can get elected because he / she has more money to campain with, lets give more people a chance and have elected officials get voted for on who they are and what they represent, not on how many ads or flashy tv spots or how much mud they can sling. Spending millions on making your opponent look bad to a public all to eager to believe the worst should be banned!
Craig Zac May 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
wow Craig, Way to get of track and go off on a rant!!!!! lol


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