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CT Takes Another Step Toward Legalizing Medical Marijuana

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, a vocal opponent of legalizing medical marijuana, reportedly tried to tack several amendments onto the bill as it was brought to the floor, all of which failed.

The Connecticut state legislature has reportedly taken another step toward passing a law that will allow adults to .

According to a report on CBS News, the General Assembly's Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee on Friday passed the proposal 36-14. The proposed bill, "An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana," now moves to the House of Representatives for further action.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, a , reportedly tried to tack several amendments onto the bill as it was brought to the floor, all of which failed. Specifically she tried to add a measure that would increase funding to the state's anti-drug education and addiction programs, stating that these programs will need to be beefed up, as other states which have legalized medical marijuana have seen an .

In a statement last month, Sen. Boucher said it was ironic that in the same year the state is looking to pass education reform it is also considering a bill that sends "a negative message to our families and children — the very ones that education reform is meant to assist in making the most of their potential.”

As currently drafted, the bill would make it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with certain specified illnesses, such as cancer or AIDS. Patients requesting the drug would have to register with the state. The bill also outlines a licensing system for medical marijuana producers as well as drug dispensaries.

Connecticut Governor reportedly supports the bill and has vowed to sign it into law, providing it passes in the General Assembly. Possession of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law.

Last June the General Assembly of small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, people caught with less than a half ounce of marijuana are issued an infraction and are not required to appear in court. The fine for the first offense of minor possession is $150, and increases within the range of $200-$500 for subsequent charges. Those under 18 years of age caught with possession must additionally have their driver’s license revoked for 60 days.

Amo Probus April 22, 2012 at 06:12 PM
drug companies are fighting this too.
WeedBuz.com April 22, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Good article, good info WeedBuz.com
Fact Checker April 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The second link in the third paragraph is very misleading. The underlined words in the link 'uptick in drug related problems' lead to an article actually titled "Marijuana Arrests Down After Decriminalization" and says that the number of arrests + tickets issues is actually FEWER than the number of arrests prior to decriminalization. Perhaps you should cite sources that actually support the contentions implied by the links you provide in the future.
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pfroehlich2004 April 23, 2012 at 06:55 AM
California legalized medical marijuana in 1996. In that year, 172,000 Californians were admitted for substance abuse treatment. In 2010, the number was only 167,000 despite a 20% increase in the state's population. Other states with medical marijuana laws have seen similar results. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington all passed medical marijuana initiatives in 1998. In the subsequent 12 years, the number of Alaskans in treatment dropped from 7,750 to 6,793 despite a 15% increase in population. Oregon saw a decrease from 48,408 to 48,042 together with a 15% increase in population. Washington experienced a significant decline, from nearly 54,000 in treatment to just over 38,000 after 12 years of medical marijuana, again despite an increase of over 15% in the state's population. Some might accuse Sen. Boucher of being dishonest. I'll be generous and ascribe her erroneous statements to ignorance and a lack of interest in the facts. My source data can be found at the following link (The characters "wa98" at the end of the URL indicate Washington, 1998. To see results for other states and years, simply change the characters). http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/quicklink/wa98.htm

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