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Connecticut Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Measure

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who previously said he would support the measure, is expected to sign the bill into law.

The Connecticut Senate on Saturday approved a bill .

According to a Huffington Post report, the Senate approved the measure 21-13 after nearly 10 hours of debate. The bill was approved by the -- and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who previously said he would support the measure, is expected to sign it into law.

Sixteen other states and the District of Columbia have adopted similar medical marijuana laws.

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), who is , reportedly presented hours of testimony during the floor debate.

Connecticut's law is reportedly more strict than those enacted in other states: It specifies which diseases must be present in patients to whom the drug is prescribed, and establishes a system of licensing for patients, caregivers and growers.

libertarian May 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
god forbid people look to a NATURAL form of pain relief, rather than relying on prescription drugs.
Jason Bagley (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 04:52 PM
A couple comments left on the Stratford Patch Facebook page: Matt DeBernardo: "time to make it legal for everyone - not just those with chronic illness." Robert Chambers: "Agreed, the war on drugs has put way too many non-violent people in jail for this innocuous plant. The problem is the folks that enforce it benefit from it, police, swat, courts, legal system, jail system, etc. You can't take the cash cow away from them without a struggle." Like us: http://www.facebook.com/StratfordPatch
Mark May 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I'm not certain Marijuana provides any more pain relief than Naproxyn or Acetaminophen or the narcotic pain killers. What it DOES do is for me provide seizure control without having to take depekene or dilantin or tegretol ALL of those have many serious side effects and I suffer from one or more when I am on any of those meds. I have used marijuana for the last 25 years, I am not saying that I started out with the intention of it as a medicine, I started out with the intention of getting high. It just so happens that it works to control my seizures I had stopped taking my prescribed meds right around the time I started smoking and had not had a seizure until 2007 when I had one (coincidentally?) a few weeks after I stopped smoking under pressure from my GF...I figured ok maybe it's tied into it and started again,( I was seen by a neurologist who prescribed me Dilantin..Yuck..Sour stomach ringing in the ears really bad acid burps.Finished the scrip and haven't refilled it since.) I quit AGAIN in 2009 thinking maybe it was a fluke and had _another_ seizure this time at work a few weeks later. No seizures when I smoke..but there are when I don't..That's all the proof I need. I am old enough to remember being 7 and being prescribed Phenobarbital to control my seizures and falling asleep at school...phenobarbs for a CHILD..nice huh? No wonder my childhood is mostly one giant blur.
Mark May 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Cannabis is not much of a painkiller. But if you want NATURAL pain relief try some poppy bulbs...Oh wait...those are illegal too....but then WHY do I see poppies growing everywhere? and yep those are the very same poppies that they are trying to destroy in Afghanistan...look out gardeners they are coming for your poppies!
Maggie May 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Great antidepressant. No side effects. I prefer to smoke it but lost my left lung to cigarette smoking.
Maggie May 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I sure hope when it DOES get legalized, it doesn't get commercialized and ruined with additives like chemicals that were added to cigarettes making them MORE addictive and highly cancer causing. China will be growing it and adding arsnic etc... Leave it pure and out of the greedy hands of big corporations!
Kevin Sterling May 08, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Mark, cannabis is an excellent remedy for neuropathic pain, lots and lots of peer reviewed research backing that assertion. Conversely, opioids don't do a thing for neuropathy. It might be a better idea for you to leave doctoring to the doctors.
Mary Jane May 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Congrats Connecticut - feel better!
Robert Chambers May 08, 2012 at 03:15 PM
For folks on chemo with the nausea associated with it, why not use the anti-nausea properties of this plant rather than some drug? How about those with glaucoma and other such ailments that get relief from their afflictions? I'd like to see fields of it grown and the seeds pressed to make biodiesel which would be a hugely renewable transportation fuel for my car. The stalks can be used to make rope, cloth, paper, all kinds of stuff. CT should not decriminalize it they should legalize it completely. The local police departments could take the time spent hunting down small quantities of this drug and go after other types of offenders.

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