Excerpt from the Hartford Courant (May 5, 2012):
After nearly 10 hours of debate Friday night, the state Senate voted 21-13 to approve a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The House of Representatives approved the measure 91-56 on April 25. The governor still needs to sign the bill for it to become law. Here’s how it will work:
Q: Who would be eligible to use medical marijuana, if the proposed legislation becomes law?
A: To qualify, a patient would need to be certified by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition — cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder — or any medical condition, medical treatment or disease approved by the Department of Consumer Protection and a Board of Physicians that would be established. Patients would have to be at least 18. Prison inmates would not qualify, regardless of their medical condition. …
John Entwistle notes: This is a good easy to understand primer on the new Connecticut medical marijuana law. Hit the “source” link below to read the rest. I think this law is unrealistic and will help very few people in the real world but we shall see and it is nice to see the folks in Connecticut doing something. They should just decriminalize personal cultivation and possession for anyone with a doctors recommendation or approval. But their theory is that is is better to keep 98% of the people who need this drug from getting it than to allow one person who “shouldn’t” use it to do so.
Also the USA today has a good article saying that the Connecticut Governor will sign the bill into law.