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.