Connecticut

Tue
22
Mar

Connecticut Moves Toward Okaying Medical Marijuana for Youth

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward allowing qualified patients under 18 years old to use medical marijuana to treat their debilitating illnesses.

The Public Health Committee overwhelmingly approved the proposed legislation on Monday. It now awaits further action in the House of Representatives.

The vote comes days after a funeral in Montville for 13-year-old Cyndiemae Meehan, whose family moved her from Connecticut to Maine to receive medical marijuana to treat her rare form of epilepsy.

Montville Rep. Kevin Ryan, a Democrat, suggested the bill be named in honor of the girl. Meehan had previously testified with her mother in favor of Connecticut’s legislation.

Tue
16
Feb

Drugs America's Marijuana Legalization Hotbed Ain't on the West Coast, It's in ... New England?

No state east of the Mississippi has legalized marijuana, but the land of Yankees has several states that could free the weed this year.

No state east of the Mississippi has legalized marijuana, but that's very likely to change this year, and New England will be leading the way. Two of the six New England states will likely let the voters make the call in November, while the others all have legalization bills pending.

So far, with the exception of Washington, DC, where voters elected to legalize the possession and cultivation, but not the sale of marijuana in 2014, all of the legalization action has been in the West. The four states that have legalized it so far—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—are all Western states.

Sun
14
Feb

CT: Some area lawmakers support medical marijuana for children

Several lawmakers say they would support legislation allowing children to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program, a measure that could be reintroduced this year.

The state made medical marijuana legal in 2012. To qualify, a patient must be 18 or older. Last year, the state Department of Consumer Protection proposed a bill allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients younger than 18. While the bill passed through the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support, it never went any further. The legislature did expand the conditions covered by medical marijuana, said state Rep. Mary Fritz, D-Wallingford, a member of the Judiciary Committee. Marijuana can be prescribed to treat 11 conditions, according to state law.

Sun
14
Feb

Connecticut Pushes Marijuana Legalization To Prop Up Disastrous Finances

Colorado, which was a trailblazer in marijuana reform legalizing recreational sales in 2012, recorded almost $1 billion in sales at the end of 2015, according to the state’s Department of Revenue.

Sales of legal marijuana soared by 42 percent compared with the previous year, said the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA). CBA welcomed the boost in sales, saying $135 million in taxes raised from the $996,184,788 in sales would help contribute to building new schools in the state.

Connecticut joins Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts that all have similar measures in the works to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.

Fri
12
Feb

Watch: Push to legalize marijuana in Connecticut


Will Connecticut be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska and Washington D.C. have already done it. There is now a bill in front of our state legislature that would make recreational marijuana legal in Connecticut. Backers say it would help with the state’s budget deficit, but is it a good idea?

Sat
23
Jan

Milford Conn. embraces medical marijuana

If there’s one lesson Vincent Lambiase has learned in more than 30 years as a small business owner, it’s to avoid locating two businesses of the same kind too close together

“Would you open a pizza parlor near another pizza parlor or a flower shop near another flower shop?” said Lambiase, owner of Beachwood Florist in Milford.

Sat
16
Jan

3 new medical marijuana dispensary facilities to open in Conn.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has announced three new dispensary facilities that will be opening by the state’s Medical Marijuana Program.

DCP says that after a competitive process involving 19 applicants, three new medical marijuana dispensary facilities have been chosen. The facilities will be licensed by the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. These facilities are the only places in the State that are allowed to legally dispense medical marijuana to registered patients. DCP says there are currently 8,228 medical marijuana patients registered in Connecticut.

The new dispensary facilities are:

Mon
07
Dec

Legal hurdles block this Connecticut firm from providing cannabis meds to terminally ill New Yorkers

Curaleaf said it can provide New York with medical marijuana 'tomorrow'

Fri
04
Dec

Connecticut cops told to prepare for legal recreational marijuana

Robert Ticer is no fan of legalized recreational marijuana.

And the Avon, Colo., police chief said Thursday that more pot in Connecticut’s future would increase challenges for cops on this state’s roads.

“It’s mind-boggling,” he said of marijuana’s spread through Colorado, speaking at Webster Arena as part of a traffic-safety summit. “It’s crazy.”

Full legalization was voted as a Colorado constitutional amendment in 2013, and there are now 505 medical dispensaries and 322 retail stores selling recreational cannabis — outnumbering the 405 Starbucks stores and 227 McDonald’s — Ticer said.

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