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Connecticut's New Medical Marijuana Law

Prospective patients can register for the legal right to buy marijuana, but there's still no system in place to allow the sale of the drug.

As of Oct.1, it's legal in Connecticut to buy and sell marijuana for medicinal purposes, in theory, at least (vote in our poll here).

The actual law goes into effect today (read other laws here) but it  could be a while before the sale of medical marijuana becomes a bonafide Connecticut business. That's because the state still has to adopt registration procedures for those who want to buy and sell the drug.

CT.com reports that although the law soon goes into effect, patients are unable to legally purchase marijuana or the seeds to grow their own supply. It could be another year until patients can find places to legally make the purchase as the state works out that aspect of the new law.

Despite the gap between registering and buying, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection website details how to register online for using marijuana.

When the law passed the Connecticut Senate in May, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stressed that the Department of Consumer Protection would regulate the industry to prevent any problems.           

“I understand many of the concerns raised by opponents. We don’t want Connecticut to follow the path pursued by some other states, which essentially would legalize marijuana for anyone willing to find the right doctor and get the right prescription,” Malloy said. “In my opinion, such efforts run counter to federal law. Under this proposal, however, the Department of Consumer Protection will be able to carefully regulate and monitor the medicinal use of this drug in order to avoid the problems encountered in some other states.”

Will you seek to buy or sell marijuana in Connecticut now that's legal for medical purposes?

CAjones October 02, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Like I said yesterday, forget the POT, what about that NEW (old) cottage industry of selling all the "medical use" paraphernalia. Like the geriatric bongs and water pipes. I could see bringing back the lava lamp, now calling it the floating blatters lamp. There could be no end to the possibilities.
Ioannis G Legatos October 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
i am appauld at our state legislatures.They all should be fired.
Reggie Hauser October 03, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Obvioulsy medical science has only advanced to the point where some crushed up leaves smoked through a bong or roach clip could possibly offer this kind of pain relief! The concept of "medical canabis" is a total sham. It was just the wedge in the door to make it legal recreationally. You'll see.
Reggie Hauser October 03, 2012 at 10:59 AM
A special thanks to Governor Dan Malloy and Rep. Jim Albis for making this possible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzrh5GftgzM&feature=related
Michelle Petroccio October 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Personally, I find the smoking of marijuanna offensive for any reason, and feel the medical legalization will only lead to many other issues. If it's properties are deemed necessary for medical use, it should be prescribed in pill-form only! Dan Malloy is an idiot!
Paul Kischkum October 06, 2012 at 09:07 AM
How long do you think it will take before they actually do something about this, if we can see it coming, how come they can't. So let's say a patient who qualifies for use of medical marajuana in their treatment, wants the benefits of pain management that might be beneficial of this drug, they're telling us our option is to put smoke into our lungs? How does one measure dosage? There's alot that's not making sense here. What if a patient is in a hospital, is this an option for their treatment while being hospitalized and how does that effect exposure to other patients and employees?
Paul Kischkum October 07, 2012 at 10:55 PM
If vapor inhaled units and pill forms became available first for allowing perscribed general public use instead of smoking as a treatment, there would probably be better control over it and less worry in the confidence of the public.
Mr E November 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
MP....offensive? Wow some people are so ignorant. Cigarettes #1 killer, Alcohol, Perks...are you seriously looking past those? I dont even smoke pot but believe its much safer for pain than prescription drugs. And who the f@ck cares if its smoked or not? That makes you feel better? Retards IM fighting to stay off prescription pills and hope pot can help. Go fight some of the things that are actually hurting people rather than something so ridiculous. Go drink another whiskey, smoke a cigarette and take your stand against a harmless weed. Good work guys!!
alex b January 25, 2013 at 06:12 PM
There are numerous methods to ingest medical cannabis. Vaporizing and baking cannabis releases cannabiniods more effectively than smoking, and since there is no "lethal dosage" of cannabis (unlike all other prescriptions) controlling dosage is less important. Acetaminophen is directly contributed to over 500 deaths per year in the United States alone, this is an over the counter drug! Marijuana, has never been the directly contributed to a fatality. The federal government lists marijuana as a schedule 1 drug with no proven medical use while they hold the only patent ever granted by the USPTO for the medicinal use of cannabinoids.

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