Medical Marijuana in Connecticut?
Medical marijuana patients in Connecticut may soon have some legal protection as the state senate is considering a bill that the state house has already passed and the Governor has said he will sign.
CT’s law would include strict regulations on who can receive medical marijuana. It would include registration for patients and growers alike, and only those with certain ailments would qualify.
But some say there are too many restrictions, like Republican state senator John Kissel. "Under this bill, there are restrictions every step of the way," Kissel said. "Therefore, to my mind as a practical matter, it is a fallacy to think that people would pursue marijuana this way, as opposed to other ways in the state of Connecticut."
Meaning if it is too hard to get legal medical marijuana, many patients will stick to the black market they are used to. Not exactly an ideal outcome.
Following his brethren in other states, U.S. Attorney for the state of Connecticut David Fein says he will enforce federal law against those who distribute and cultivate marijuana. And since the distribution and cultivation of marijuana are illegal under federal law, no amount of state regulation is going to shield CT from the DEA and the Department of Justice. Just ask medical cannabis business operators in Colorado, a state with a wide array of regulations for MMJ.
Lawmakers in CT say they want to avoid the confusion over medical marijuana that reigns in California, but what’s happening in CA isn’t a result so much of a lack of regulations, but a lack of specific rules in some key areas. But no matter what the MMJ law in CA would have said, it wouldn’t have stopped the crackdown.
The pharmaceutical companies that fill Obama’s campaign coffers with cash have called in their favors. The decision has been made. Medical marijuana must go.
Good luck Connecticut.
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