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.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

READ MORE: Appointments No Longer Needed At NYC's COVID Vaccination Sites; Anyone 16+ May Walk In, Mayor De Blasio Announces

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.

READ MORE: Ghislaine Maxwell Due In Manhattan Federal Court On New Sex Trafficking Charges Allegedly Involving 14-Year-Old

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!

MORE NEWS: Long Island Boy Who Is Visually Impaired Receives Toddler Cane From Local Nonprofit

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)