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Connecticut Will Be 17th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director May 5, 2012

    After a raucous debate last night that lasted longer than anticipated, the Connecticut senate passed a medical cannabis bill approved by the House earlier in the session that will now head to Governor Dannel Malloy’s willing pen for signature.

    With Connecticut passing a medical cannabis bill, approximately one third of the US population now resides in a state that has decided to act in favor of it’s citizens’ will, as compared to the remarkably recalcitrant federal government, which, moronically, still insists cannabis is a dangerous ‘narcotic’ and has no accepted medical value what so ever.

    Congratulations to Connecticut NORML and it’s coordinator Erik Williams for leading the charge to write and pass this important and affirming legislation (Erik and company had previously worked the legislature hard in 2011 to pass cannabis decriminalization laws)!

    "Today is a day of hope, compassion and dignity and I thank all of the legislators who worked hard on this legislation and who voted to pass this bill," said Erik Williams, Executive Director of Connecticut NORML. "I am so happy for all the patients who will have another medicinal option to discuss with their doctor and for all of those currently suffering with debilitating conditions who will no longer suffer the indignity of being sick and a criminal."

    The statewide efforts of Connecticut NORML resulted in tens of thousands of phone calls, emails, patient and legislator meetings, and letters to legislators. "Patients and doctors told their stories and asked legislators to tell them ‘No, you haven’t suffered enough,’" said Williams. "Many others stressed that this bill did medical marijuana the correct way and that Connecticut had an opportunity to be a leader in America on this issue. Our strategy and dedication has obviously paid off."

    Connecticut’s bill creates guidelines and regulations for cultivation centers and dispensaries.

    Read more about Connecticut’s new medical cannabis law here.

    The New England clean sweep may happen this year with the New Hampshire legislature possibly overriding the Governor’s oft veto of their medical cannabis bills next week. In Massachusetts, this November voters are expected to approve by a large margin a medical cannabis legalization initiative (in 2008 Massachusetts voters approved a decriminalization initiative by a whopping sixty five percent).

    From west to east, the states with legal protections for lawful medical cannabis patients are: Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine (as well as the District of Columbia).

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    64 Responses to “Connecticut Will Be 17th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana”

    1. Mr. MoleTurd says:

      Connecticut. What about getting the feds out of the way? Obama is playing double standard, and I want the feds to stop spending any money on marijuana on a national scale, medical marijuana on a national scale.

      You know they’re talking some shit when they say they’re going to continue to enforce federal law, and Obama don’t say shit.

      Quoted May 9, 2012 from the Huffington Post:
      The president’s support of same-sex marriage will have little political impact, from a practical standpoint, as much of the activity on the issue is currently occurring in the states and the courts. Already the Obama administration’s Department of Justice has stopped defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. Legislation to overturn DOMA outright would likely be blocked by congressional Republicans.

      End quote.

      What that means is that if the feds can just decide they aren’t going to enforce DOMA that they can also fuckin decide they are not going to enforce medical marijuana cannabis prohibition on a national scale, and not ONLY in MMJ stats as is being voted on in the House.

      Quote from DPA:
      I’m writing to urge you to VOTE YES on the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Hinchey-McClintock-Farr Amendment to H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. This amendment would PROHIBIT the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prevent the implementation of state laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana. This amendment would save significant tax dollars, curb overfederalization of areas traditionally reserved for the states, and protect the states’ rights to choose how to regulate medical marijuana without fear of federal interference.

      If the feds can just do this even if it’s only in MMJ states, non-MMJ states will be jumping on the cannabis money train once they see the feds are out of the way.

      More importantly people in states that are currently non-MMJ states will be able to get their medicine and not have to do without. Others will be able to get their medicine lawfully.

    2. Jim says:

      Medical marijuana is not the end-all solution, and even though there is no master plan to end prohibition, it was a crucial first step.

      After generations of social conditioning, propaganda that explicitly claims “pot will ruin your life, blah blah” and lies, the MMJ movement was like getting a foot in the door. We all know, for over 5000 years, it’s medicine but also useful in myriad other ways (industrial use, environmental use, nutritional use, recreational/spiritual use).

      The medical aspect of cannabis was ultimately the best hope at driving a stake into what was an impenetrable iron wall of federal fascism out of control–claiming to help and protect people–while actually just terrorizing citizens.

      The industrial hemp aspect could not have allowed for precedent setting legislation because the legal ability to grow hemp in the US was the major driving force that started the prohibition.

      The recreational drug aspect would never have been “justification” enough to begin changing the prohibition, even though no one need to justify or explain their personal use of a drug that is far safer than those deemed “legal.”

      The medical aspect, which has inscrutable evidence backing cannabis as a palliative treatment for acute and chronic illness, is what made the initiatives clearly more about human rights, and not the claim that “stoners just want the right to party” which creates a knee-jerk reaction among the indignant, the ignorant, and the DARE-educated. Medical marijuana had a far better chance against fighting a Pyrrhic battle against a cadre of special interests fighting together against industrial hemp farming in the US; a nearly futile attempt to take down the [corrupt] USDA and FDA, timber, energy, textile, nutrition interests.

      Cannabis is not just about medicine and so the legalization of cannabis cannot remain only about medical permissions. Even though a great deal of progress has been made, that progress cannot remain solely medical in nature. First because, as has already been demonstrated, the lists of “allowable” ailments that qualify for MMJ are way too short. Pathetically short, and decided by legislators, not doctors. They don’t even allow therapeutic cannabis for war veterans with PTSD. The illnesses that are good enough to warrant government permission can be counted on maybe one hand, like glaucoma, cachexia, neuromuscular spasticity, multiple sclerosis. Then the registration process to get a card is sketchy too. Although the medical history or reason for taking MMJ is confidential, all information about the registered patient, like name, address, condition is private information (to creditors, employers, etc).

      EXCEPT that the info is freely available to the Feds at any time they want it. This gives them license to do what they usually do, what they’ve been doing–busting people for dried flowers, search and seizure, arrest, imprisonment, terrorism and sadly, killing.

      MASS and CO are voting to legalize for recreation in November. Medical cannabis merely opened the floodgates and started a sincere dialog (not just lies and stonewalling the citizens’ demands) but it’s not enough, clearly.

      It’s not a crime. in. any. way. for responsible people. Cannabis use is a personal choice that doesn’t warrant disapproval or even criticism, for whatever reason. People will understand this better as time goes on. Time will have to undo all the cultural socialization and brain-washing, based on lies and stupidity which has continued for generations,

    3. psu says:

      Where is PA? Someone take us out of the dark Ages!!!

    4. Adam says:

      ^ Paul Armentano’s response to Rob is great. This is a step in the right direction when you consider that until now there were no legal protections for patients in Connecticut. But, Medical Marijuana is not good enough in the long term, and the MMJ industry could eventually stand in the way of full legalization. It’s happening here in WA right now.

    5. Michael Dumas says:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassionate_Investigational_New_Drug_program

      to provide patients with 9 ounces a month while saying cannabis has ho value is a crime against us all
      does Irvin Rosenfeld ring a bell? it should
      My take on this; the federal government says that 9 ounces is a month supply
      a great idea is to have a seed bank for patients to obtain the proper strain and grow. seeds are easy to transport, store and distribute. if they fall into the wrong hands, it would take a few months to get something useable and if they can figure out how to get something useable, let ‘em smoke it
      keel up the good work that you do NORML

    6. Donny says:

      Adam says is very true…at least here in Washington State, I have spoken to various people who either support medical-mary-jane or even work in a Medical Dispensary. Unfortunately, it seems that dispensary owners are educating their employees about how “medical marijuana is enough”. Bull shit. The reality is that there is a secret club of medical growers who are abusing/milking out this awkward situation of a half-legal industry. On top of that, growing marijuana, or any other weed/flower, and selling it at the exhorbant street prices just the same as the black market prices, anywhere up to $200-300 an once. That sounds like the easiest job ever, and they will continue making ridiculous amounts of money with a simple flower business, until full legalization comes and allows mass produced marijuana at say, 10 bucks an once, plus 40 in taxes (at most): $50 an once, 2020!

    7. Peter says:

      Ill be going to college in Connecticut :) this is great news.

    8. peter says:

      Legalize it and tax. I’m not a user but I do live in a country that can use more jobs; as well as the tax revenue.

    9. mark says:

      What about conservative Georgia? When will the republicants controlled govt of Georgia, be true conservatives?

    10. Tony says:

      Maybe someday. Mike Smith is running on the Democratic ticket in District 69. He openly supports legalization. However, District 69 isn’t very progressive and Mr Smith, an attorney, who is an out-of-the-closet atheist, is running against incumbant Randy Nix, whose day-job is listed as “Local Pastor”. I think Mike Smith is a brave man doing what he’s doing, and I’d vote for him if I lived in the 69th district. I think that his chances of winning against a pastor are slim because of his secular status, but I think the very action of running is going to positively raise awareness.

      Someone, somewhere in Georgia may read “GA House Candidate Mike Smith supports legal marijuana” and HOPEFULLY that person will think “Hmm, I wonder why…” and be prompted to do their homework on the subject. I haven’t met anyone who has read what I’ve read who still thinks prohibition is a good idea. The problem in GA is getting the word out so that folks do their own research.

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    14. now it’s time to sell the house and get out of this Commie liberal State, may the Hartford
      political idots rot in you know where

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