Connecticut takes historic first steps towards legalizing recreational marijuana

For the first time in the Connecticut legislature, a recreational marijuana bill has made it out of committee and is headed to the full General Assembly for consideration.

The appropriations committee voted 27-24 Thursday to approve the bill.

"This bill deserves an opportunity for further conversation and to get into the fine points of what that conversation would be," said Sen. Paul Formica, a Republican from East Lyme and a committee co-chair.

The legislation calls for officials from several state agencies to develop a plan for the legalization and regulation of cannabis.


Connecticut lawmakers kill cannabis legalization bill in committee

Pushback from both Republicans and Democrats reflects public divisions over legal marijuana in the Constitution State.

The push for cannabis reform in Connecticut has suffered a setback after the state General Assembly's General Law Committee voted to shut down a bill that would have legalized and regulated adult-use cannabis retail sales.

The issue was hotly debated in the committee, but unlike other states where Democrats champion legalization against Republican opposition, the committee saw bipartisan agreement on both sides of the issue.


Rhode Island & Connecticut lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana in fear of losing tax revenue to neighboring states

The legal retail of marijuana in Massachusetts begins July 1.

That’s prompted Rhode Island and Connecticut lawmakers to once again consider legislation to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana.

Similar legislation failed in both states last year.

Sam Tracey, with the advocacy group Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, says Connecticut could lose millions of dollars in tax revenue to neighboring states if it doesn’t allow the retail sale of marijuana.


Could this state be next to legalize recreational cannabis?

Connecticut has a bright, green future: this state could be close to having legal recreational cannabis.

Cannabis laws in Connecticut have slowly evolved over the last few years and today, lawmakers are holding a hearing about recreational weed. The meeting may be a sign that this state could be close to having legal recreational cannabis.

Public Hearing to Discuss Weed

This morning, Connecticut lawmakers will hear arguments for and against the possibility of legalizing recreational weed. The meeting is a public hearing, which means it will be open for comments from the general public.


This state may add opioid withdrawal to medical marijuana program

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the United States, more and more people are looking to cannabis as a solution. In Connecticut, new proposals mean this state may add opioid withdrawal to medical marijuana program.

The state Board of Physicians is considering this week whether to allow the use of cannabis for opiate withdrawal. The board could add four more serious medical conditions to list, as well.

Medical Cannabis in Connecticut


Here are 5 states looking to legalize marijuana in 2018

The marijuana movement is charging ahead.

To date eight states — California, Colorado, Nevada to name a few — have legalized weed for recreational use since 2012. And the trend continues.

This year, several states all across the country are looking to legalize and, in turn, rake in millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Even with the Trump administration’s announcement last week that it would scrap an Obama-era policy offering legal shelter for state-sanctioned marijuana sales, organizers and lawmakers are forging forward with legalization efforts.

Here are some of those states:



Medical Marijuana for children with cancer broadly supported by Doctors

An overwhelming majority of health care professionals who care for children with cancer would be willing to help those children get medical marijuana—though less enthusiastically if they happen to be among the providers who are actually eligible to provide it, found a new study.

In a survey of pediatric oncology providers published in Pediatrics, 85% of providers who were certified to provide access to medical marijuana would be willing to help children with cancer access it, compared to 95% of their colleagues who lacked the ability to provide it.


This Hospice Is Hoping To Prove That Cannabis Can Make Dying Less Painful

The nation's first federally approved study to see if medical marijuana can ease pain for those with terminal illnesses is under way. Advocates hope it will make patients less reliant on opioids.

Ernestine Coon reclined in her hospital bed at The Connecticut Hospice with a colorful blanket covering her legs, watching seagulls soar over the water from her second-floor room. Longtime friends chatted with Coon as the slender, silver-haired grandmother prepared to do something she’d never done in her 70 years: Try marijuana.


10 States Most Likely to Pass Recreational Marijuana Next

Every week's there's a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon. And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization. As the trend continues of states generating success from cannabis, where could we see future expansion of recreational use? Here's a list of 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next.

10. New York


Ex-Insys Employee in U.S. Kickback Case Loses Fight to Smoke Pot

A U.S. judge has rejected a former Insys Therapeutics Inc employee's arguments that he had a constitutional right to use marijuana while under indictment for what federal prosecutors call a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors to prescribe an opioid drug.

Jeffrey Pearlman, a former Insys district sales manager, had sought to modify his bail conditions so that he could continue using marijuana prescribed by a New Jersey doctor to help kick an opioid addiction he developed after a spine injury.

Pearlman is one of several former employees and executives of Arizona-based Insys to face U.S. charges related to Subsys, an under-the-tongue spray intended for cancer patients containing fentanyl, an addictive and regulated synthetic opioid.


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