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?


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.


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:


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'


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.


Mom Believes Marijuana Plant Oil Can Help Kids With Epilepsy

Each morning, Kim Hearn attaches a feeding tube to her son before outfitting him in specialized clothes that lend support to his torso, ankles and legs. A seizure often disrupts the process. It's a rigorous routine for this Stratford mom but it's nothing, she says, compared to what the 10-year-old, who can't speak or sit on his own, endures: "Sean just accepts it."

As a baby, Sean was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of epilepsy. A dozen medications have failed to reduce the 30-plus seizures Sean experiences every day. Each episode is damaging to the boy, already frail. Hearn believes there could be an answer: an oil made from marijuana plants called Charlotte's Web.


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Connecticut: Sixteen Vie To Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Some With Multiple Sites

HARTFORD — Sixteen applicants have submitted the 19 proposals for new medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut, as the state seeks to increase the number from six to as many as nine, according to a list released by the state.

Three applicants have submitted proposals for multiple locations, and one — Angelo DeFazio, who now operates one of the six existing dispensaries, in Hartford — is seeking to open a second location.

The state is compiling the applications, which needed to be submitted by Friday, and did not release the proposed locations of the dispensaries. The state is focusing on New Haven and Fairfield counties where there are the most registered patients and the fewest dispensary options.


CT: State Gets 19 Proposals For Medical Marijuana Dispensary Expansion

The state wants to add as many as three medical marijuana dispensaries — especially in New Haven and Fairfield counties — and now there are 19 proposals for rolling out the expansion.

Details of the proposals — the names of the applicants or the dispensary locations — weren't available late Friday from the state Department of Consumer Protection. The applications had to be submitted by a 3 p.m. deadline and the details had yet to be compiled, officials said.

"We think we had a great response," Jonathan Harris, the department's commissioner, said. "We have a healthy pool from which to do our analysis and make an appropriate selection of up to three."

Selections will be made by early next year, and the new outlets could be open by June, Harris said.


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