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Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect Today

The new law follows one last year that decriminalized pot possession

Starting today, anyone who wants to use or sell marijuana for medicinal purposes can register with the state to do so.

The legalization of medicinal marijuana was approved by our state legislature this past May and the law, along with dozens of other new bills approved by the General Assembly in its spring session, goes into effect today. But it will likely be some time before mom and pop “pot” stores start popping up in your town. That’s because anyone who wants to sell or use marijuana for medical use must first get approval from the state and register with it.  

The medical marijuana law came about a year after the state legislature agreed to decriminalize the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. According to CT.com, Connecticut’s new marijuana law limits the use of pot for medical purposes to a specific list of conditions, including: 

  • cancer 
  • glaucoma
  • AIDs
  • Parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis

And while the website says it could take up to a year for the state to implement a system for approving marijuana distribution outlets, Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein told Ct.com that he expects the system to be in place much sooner.

John Munro October 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
We should all thank our legislature and the governor for dealing with the important issues instead of wasting there time on promoting economic growth and dealing with our budget issues. Hopefully it works out for us as well as it did in California. Now where did I leave all those munchies?
Thomas Crafts October 01, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Dude, let's smoke some dope, dopes.
A. G. P. October 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Actually Mr Munro, I would suggest; 1 less people in the criminal justice system (for victimless crimes) will save the state money (and not hurt anyone) 2 small businesses bring in revenue 3 I bet it's very important to sick people to not go to the worst part of town and risk getting mugged to get a relatively safe, low side effect medication. And BTW, where'd they get the right to ban it w/out a constitutional Amendment in the first place? Our gov't forgot in less than a lifetime that Prohibition of alcohol caused more problems than it solved, and went and did the same thing with a whole genre of products, and expected a different result!
Alex Tytler October 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Connecticut, The Marijuana State. We should be ashamed.
Veritas vos liberabit October 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
We are ashamed, DEEPLY ashamed, LMAO ! "I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts," Palin said. "And if somebody's gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society." She added that marijuana use "relatively speaking" is a "minimal problem" in the country. Palin has admitted to smoking when it was legal for personal use in Alaska, saying she "can't...say that I never inhaled."
Will Wilkin October 05, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Spot on analysis, AGP. In fact, following your correct logic that Congress never had the Constitutional authority to prohibit drugs (as seen in their recognition that alcohol prohibition required a Const Amendment just to prohibit the manufacture sale or transport [not possession]), we have another example of the Constitution looking more and more like that quaint and forgottenly (yes I say it is a word) irrelevant Magna Carta.
A. G. P. October 07, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I don't understand why marijuana is more shameful than tobacco or alcohol (other than not wanting to agree with anything Palin says). We're talking about the law here, and, still, I suggest that if "shame" is related to destructiveness, then the law is more shameful than the drug.

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