|Cannabis Law Group|
A bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes passed the Connecticut Senate early Saturday morning. The state will join 16 others and the District of Columbia in allowing the medicinal use of cannabis after Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who said he supports the measure, signs the bill.
The bill, which had already cleared the House, passed around 3 a.m. on Saturday by a 21-13 vote after nearly 10 hours of debate.
The bill will set up a complex, regulated system of marijuana cultivation, dispensing, and licensing, and it outlines specific medical conditions that can legally be treated with cannabis.
A physician's recommendation will be required under the bill, which establishes a system of licensing for patients, their caregivers, and growers, all of whom will be required to register with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.