Connecticut Will Be 17th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former 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. Ray E says:

      When science and evidence based research, especially in this day and age, takes a back seat to cruel and punishment-based ideologies, we not only have bad policy, we have a direct threat to the very values of compassion, humility, and respect for one another that have made this country a great example to the world for so long.

    2. GarY says:

      How come all you forget about Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act? We are on;y62 days away from getting this act on the ballot for November. We all the support that we need from you guys. Arkansas WILL be the first southern state to pass Medical Marijuana. Set back take seat and watch how southerner’s do it.

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      Good news!

      I liked your use of the word ‘moronically’. You are not calling them names, just stating an obvious fact.

    4. Technically, a moron has a mental age of at least 4. I’d argue that a four year old would have the mental capacity to do the right thing here, which the feds lack. I challenge the nomenclature.

      Seriously though, be careful which comparisons you use. ‘Retard’ is already banned. The rest will follow :/

    5. Marco Esquandolas says:

      It’s a very interesting bill that is a step in the right direction. It sets the State up for a total “for profit” system of cultivation and distribution. Patients are not allowed to grow their own medicine, they must get it from dispensaries that are supplied by one of the 3-10 production centers that the Dept of Health allows.

      Again, this is a huge step forward and hopefully in time patients will be able to grow their own medicine instead of having to pay for it so the State gets its cut.

    6. Not moronic; mendacious.


    7. Kenneth says:

      Mr. Owl, how many states does it take to convince the minds of the federal government: Pot is Good?

    8. kusher says:

      we need 50

    9. James T says:

      I am a CT resident and i say its about time my state help its ppl rather than hurt them, the dictatorship of gov dannel malloy is devastating and has lowered the quality of life in general , however the man does kno wut hes doing with marijuana reform, he decriminalized and medicalized, about time damnit 🙂

    10. manu says:

      Una pena que en Mexico se hable ingles(no he podido enterarme de nada)