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June 1, 2012

Connecticut becomes 17th state to legalize medical marijuana

As reported in this Reuters article, a new law in the Nutmeg State now means that more than 1/3 of all US jurisdictions have now legalized the medical use of marijuana.  Here is the story on the latest:  

The state's Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law legislation allowing licensed physicians to certify an adult patient's use of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a statement from the governor's office.

The new law puts in place restrictions to prevent the kind of abuse that has plagued some of the 16 other states and the District of Columbia where pot is legal for medical use.

"For years, we've heard from so many patients with chronic diseases who undergo treatments like chemotherapy or radiation and are denied the palliative benefits that medical marijuana would provide," Governor Malloy said. "With careful regulation and safeguards, this law will allow a doctor and a patient to decide what is in that patient's best interest," he said.

Under the bill, patients and their caregivers must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. In addition, a doctor must certify there is a medical need for marijuana to be dispensed, including such debilitating conditions as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.

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Bill Otis objects.

Posted by: Calif. Capital Defense Counsel | Jun 1, 2012 10:46:52 PM

Even if your doctor says you should use a particular drug, you should be subject to imprisonment for using that drug unless Bill Otis says it's OK for you to use the drug.

Posted by: Calif. Capital Defense Counsel | Jun 2, 2012 1:10:57 AM

Wonder if a southern state will ever legalize medical marijuana? Which will be the first?

Posted by: Anon | Jun 2, 2012 10:22:59 AM

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

Posted by: Joe | Jun 2, 2012 6:25:30 PM

@CCDC
Are you desperate for Bill's attention? It's really sad how your trying to start an argument with someone who hasn't even commented on this article yet.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 3, 2012 1:50:24 AM

"Are you desperate for Bill's attention? It's really sad how your trying to start an argument with someone who hasn't even commented on this article yet."

Big Brother MikeCT ?

Posted by: Anon | Jun 3, 2012 9:32:58 AM

Anon --

Do you have an answer to MikeinCT's question? What would that be? Not being a psychiatrist, I wouldn't even venture one, but you might know more. Do you?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 3, 2012 2:25:40 PM

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