Connecticut Revisiting Medical Marijuana Legalization

HARTFORD, CT (AP / CBSNewYork) – Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Connecticut say this year’s version of the legislation addresses many of the concerns that have been voiced over the years.

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Erik Williams, executive director of the state chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, said Wednesday the proposed medical marijuana bill in Connecticut is the best in the country.

The bill proposes a specific system for licensing medical marijuana producers in Connecticut, dispensing the drug and registering qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions.

Williams said his organization would like to see minor changes to the bill that include keeping manufacturers in Connecticut and requiring licensed pharmacists on-site or on-call at dispensaries during all operating hours.

Opponents have argued the legislation sends the wrong message to young people.

Do you think marijuana should be legal for medical use in Connecticut? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. tbone says:

    I t should be legalized, the facts show that it does help. The worry about the message it sends to children is a farce and yet another stall tactic. Kids under 18 cant buy alchohol, or ciggarettes..what message are they getting from those…Its a joke that they would even throw that as an excuse.
    STOP STALLING CONNECTICUT this is supposed to be the constitution state lets live up the name.
    I know numerous people that benefit from the use of marijuana, crime rates would go down, the state would make money off the tax, and people who need it would be getting a cleaner more consistant product. The stuffy conservative white shirts need to stop impeding on the freedoms of citizens here in COnnecticut
    The people are speaking loud and clear PASS the bill

  2. Nick says:

    178 different medical uses and this is still up for discussion?

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    1. Mark says:

      What?? Where did that come from??

  4. Steve says:

    Marijuana should be legal. It is that simple. I still don’t understand how Cigarettes and Alcohol is legal, which is 100 times worse than Marijuana. I seriously don’t understand it.

  5. Jim R says:

    i believe the bill should receive total support. Being a pancreatic cancer survivor, a true miracle in itself, really would have received great benefits of using it as i could not eat, lost 80lbe in 6 mos. My doctors even stated that my condition was “a perfect example of why the bill should be allowed”.
    I fully support the bill, and hope our legislators will as well

  6. Anthony says:

    As a resident of CT, I firmly believe that the legalization of marijuana in our state is necessary. The medicinal benefit to tens of thousands of residents in our community should be self evident. Marijuana is a natural, herbal medicine thats medicinal benefits surpass those of synthetic medicine for MS, cancer, glaucoma, etc. The message to our children should be simple; naturally occurring plants with medicinal benefits should be respected and utilized, not abused. Educational programs informing children of the context of medicinal marijuana use and the dangers of harder drugs without medicinal value should be implemented.

  7. Mark says:

    I thoroughly believe that marijuana should be legalized for medicinal use. I have MS, marijuana helps in relieving my pain, and spasticity with out the side effects of narcotics. It also helps me sleep more comfortably. In the morning when I wake up, I don’t have the “fog”, or the “cloud” hanging over me for several hours that I do after taking narcotics. By legalizing it, it would solve so many problems. I would create a tax base, reduce the prevalence of cartel-related crimes. If marijuana was legal, it could be regulated, standardized, and taxed. It’s a win-win situation.

  8. Ready, Set CRAP! says:

    CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR HEAD IS IN THE CLOUDS. PERHAPS YOU’VE BEEN SMOKING THE HAPPY PLANT A LITTLE?

  9. ConservativeChristian says:

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family members home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains.
    If the people who want to use marijuana could grow a few plants in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the drug gangs out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.

    1. TRACK says:

      “None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family members home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains.”
      This is how the police, judges, lawyers, court officals keep a job, just business as usually. Keeping folk locked up is BIG BUSINESS. Whole towns and coutnies run on arrest of this kind, check

  10. ConservativeChristian says:

    The authors suggest that the legislative path toward medical access should be abandoned in favor of the FDA approval process, pharmacies, and carefully controlled dosages. They fail to mention the FDA refusal to permit studies of the benefits of marijuana. They fail to mention the FDA and DEA refusal to acknowledge the large body of world-wide research that DOES show the benefits of marijuana. They fail to mention that pharmacies are prohibited by law from distributing marijuana. They fail to provide any evidence that patients need assistance with dosage control.

    Marijuana is an herbal remedy that has been widely used for centuries, all across the globe. It is safer than aspirin and about as addictive as coffee.

    As psychiatrists, it is possible that the authors can foresee a potential loss of income when people can grow a little marijuana for themselves and use that as a sleep aid or evening relaxant, without having to pay for psychiatric services and the associated steep costs of the associated prescription drugs.

    1. ConservativeChristian says:

      This is the “wrong” comment for this article. I was looking at two article a minute ago and got crossed up in my commenting screens. I apologize for the error..

    2. TRACK says:

      ” it is possible that the authors can foresee a potential loss of income when people can grow a little marijuana for themselves and use that as a sleep aid or evening relaxant, without having to pay for psychiatric services and the associated steep costs of the associated prescription drugs.” you sir hit the nail on the head!
      Plus On day 3 of creation GOD said “Genesis 1:11-13”, go on people look it up. Human rulers stop upsurping GOD! God said it was good…

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