They say the third time’s a charm – and hopefully that’s the case when it comes to legalizing medicinal marijuana in Connecticut. By a 35-8 vote, a bi-partisan state legislative judiciary committee on Wednesday approved SB 5389, which would permit physicians to recommend medi-pot to their patients; recommendations would last for one year. Patients would obtain their medicine at licensed dispensaries that would be required to register with the state’s Dept of Consumer Protection.
Two previous efforts to legalize medi-pot in Connecticut have gone by the wayside; in 2007 a bill was vetoed by then-Governor Jodi Rell (R) and last year’s bill died in the General Assembly even though current Governor Dannel Malloy (D) supports medical marijuana.
On this issue at least, the General Assembly and the Governor’s office seem to be in synch with the will of its constituents, as a Qunnipiac University poll found overwhelming support among private citizens for medical marijuana; 68 percent in favor to just 27 percent in opposition, less than a third of those polled. SB 5389 is now headed to the Connecticut House of Representatives for approval.