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Connecticut Senate passes MMJ bill, Governor expected to sign


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HARTFORD (Reuters) — The Connecticut Senate passed a bill on Saturday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with tight restrictions intended to avoid the problems that have plagued some of the other states where it is now legal.

After nearly 10 hours of debate, the Senate voted 21 to 13 in favor of the measure, which already cleared the House.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill. Once he does, Connecticut will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing the medical use of marijuana.

Connecticut’s legislation calls for tight regulation and seeks to avoid disagreements with the federal government.

Under the bill, patients and their caregivers must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. In addition, their doctors must certify that there is a medical need for marijuana to be dispensed, like in the case of debilitating diseases like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.

The medical marijuana would be dispensed only by pharmacists with a special license.


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Using licensed pharmacists...? Thought they have a federal license... And this would be handing out a sched 1...?

Have to read that text... Curious how the pharmacists would even buy it to start and at what price structure...?

Cool news, no doubt!


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3-10 state licensed growers for the whole state, you have to put 2 million in a state held escrow after you are granted a 5 year license to produce, i guess they think that will keep you "honest" and not divert if you will forfeit that much cash. I can see big pharma lining up to grab the licenses.