News » Connecticut Becomes the 17th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
June 2, 2012 by justin
Connecticut has become the 17th U.S. state to legalize marijuana for medical use.
State Governor Dannel Malloy approved legislation allowing doctors to certify an adult patient’s use of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
“For years, we’ve heard from so many patients with chronic diseases who undergo treatments like chemotherapy or radiation and are denied the palliative benefits that medical marijuana would provide,” Governor Malloy said. Connecticut’s law hopes to offer relief to these patients with safeguards in place the state hopes will ward off some concern other medical marijuana states have raised.
“With careful regulation and safeguards, this law will allow a doctor and a patient to decide what is in that patient’s best interest,” he said.
Under the bill, patients and their caregivers must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. In addition, a doctor must certify there is a medical need for marijuana to be dispensed, including such debilitating conditions as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.
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