Connecticut Will Be 17th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

After a raucous debate last night that lasted longer than anticipated, the Connecticut senate passed a medical cannabis bill approved by the House earlier in the session that will now head to Governor Dannel Malloy’s willing pen for signature.

With Connecticut passing a medical cannabis bill, approximately one third of the US population now resides in a state that has decided to act in favor of it’s citizens’ will, as compared to the remarkably recalcitrant federal government, which, moronically, still insists cannabis is a dangerous ‘narcotic’ and has no accepted medical value what so ever.

Congratulations to Connecticut NORML and it’s coordinator Erik Williams for leading the charge to write and pass this important and affirming legislation (Erik and company had previously worked the legislature hard in 2011 to pass cannabis decriminalization laws)!

"Today is a day of hope, compassion and dignity and I thank all of the legislators who worked hard on this legislation and who voted to pass this bill," said Erik Williams, Executive Director of Connecticut NORML. "I am so happy for all the patients who will have another medicinal option to discuss with their doctor and for all of those currently suffering with debilitating conditions who will no longer suffer the indignity of being sick and a criminal."

The statewide efforts of Connecticut NORML resulted in tens of thousands of phone calls, emails, patient and legislator meetings, and letters to legislators. "Patients and doctors told their stories and asked legislators to tell them ‘No, you haven’t suffered enough,’" said Williams. "Many others stressed that this bill did medical marijuana the correct way and that Connecticut had an opportunity to be a leader in America on this issue. Our strategy and dedication has obviously paid off."

Connecticut’s bill creates guidelines and regulations for cultivation centers and dispensaries.

Read more about Connecticut’s new medical cannabis law here.

The New England clean sweep may happen this year with the New Hampshire legislature possibly overriding the Governor’s oft veto of their medical cannabis bills next week. In Massachusetts, this November voters are expected to approve by a large margin a medical cannabis legalization initiative (in 2008 Massachusetts voters approved a decriminalization initiative by a whopping sixty five percent).

From west to east, the states with legal protections for lawful medical cannabis patients are: Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine (as well as the District of Columbia).

Help us reform the marijuana laws in your state by making a donation to NORML today! Together we WILL legalize cannabis.

64 thoughts

  1. When science and evidence based research, especially in this day and age, takes a back seat to cruel and punishment-based ideologies, we not only have bad policy, we have a direct threat to the very values of compassion, humility, and respect for one another that have made this country a great example to the world for so long.

  2. How come all you forget about Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act? We are on;y62 days away from getting this act on the ballot for November. We all the support that we need from you guys. Arkansas WILL be the first southern state to pass Medical Marijuana. Set back take seat and watch how southerner’s do it.

  3. Good news!

    I liked your use of the word ‘moronically’. You are not calling them names, just stating an obvious fact.

  4. Technically, a moron has a mental age of at least 4. I’d argue that a four year old would have the mental capacity to do the right thing here, which the feds lack. I challenge the nomenclature.

    Seriously though, be careful which comparisons you use. ‘Retard’ is already banned. The rest will follow :/

  5. It’s a very interesting bill that is a step in the right direction. It sets the State up for a total “for profit” system of cultivation and distribution. Patients are not allowed to grow their own medicine, they must get it from dispensaries that are supplied by one of the 3-10 production centers that the Dept of Health allows.

    Again, this is a huge step forward and hopefully in time patients will be able to grow their own medicine instead of having to pay for it so the State gets its cut.

  6. Mr. Owl, how many states does it take to convince the minds of the federal government: Pot is Good?

  7. I am a CT resident and i say its about time my state help its ppl rather than hurt them, the dictatorship of gov dannel malloy is devastating and has lowered the quality of life in general , however the man does kno wut hes doing with marijuana reform, he decriminalized and medicalized, about time damnit 🙂

  8. I would like to thank Norml and Erik Williams for their hard work. The legislation is well written and covers many angles. As a Union Electrician, drug testing is quite a hurdle. Pre-employment, accident, random and even near miss tests are common on the bigger projects.
    I have Acromegaly and Cannabis helps all of my many symptoms.
    In 1996 I spent 3 months in jail for having dried flowers in my pocket.
    Thanks again, I hope to register and get on living my life.

  9. @Marco.
    I haven’t read the bill or anything else outside of this article, and I’m therefor only replying to your post.
    How is patients not being allowed to grow their own a step in the right direction? It seems to me that it’s a step in a dangerous direction, a direction that opens the door to Big Pharma being in control once again over the people!
    Just a thought.

  10. it sure would be nice to allow people to grow their own,not every one can afford the medicine they need already let alone an extra 1,000 dollars a month for this medicine, i hope the commission they set up realize this tiny little fact.

  11. 34% of 50 States will now have mmj laws. 9 more and there will be a majority. Are there any states that will have this on the ballot where the Governor won’t veto?

    [Paul Armentano responds: This was passed legislatively; thereby it awaits action from the Governor — who will sign it. Ballot measures do not need the approval of the Governor.]

  12. Medical Marijuana is not the first step to legalization and really just hurts the cause. Arguing that it’s a medicine gives government cause to keep it medical and only let big pharma run it all. We do not want this….

  13. You mentioned a third of the USA legalizing medical cannabis but you didn’t mention Montana, Michigan and Arizona . These states have either appealed their previous medical marijuana laws or are doing so as of this writing which makes it less than a third of America .

    [Paul Armentano responds: The medical cannabis laws in all three of these states above are active. Aspects of Montana’s law were rolled back by lawmakers in 2011. Michigan’s remains unchanged. Arizona’s law also remains unchanged and the state is now accepting applications for dispensaries.]

  14. I am happy for the patients.

    Think Dannel Malloy will give a signature?

    [Paul Armentano responds: Yes.]

  15. Now we need to get my state of Illinois on board. Or anywhere close. Im willing to relocate

  16. The country has been taken over by the Communists and the centralized banks.

    Activist Judges and Lawyers make The Peoples vote null and void as do these Feds and their militarized police brigades and these DARE “programs” aka The “BRAINWASHING.,” in all the Public schools.

  17. im so happy its legal. about damn time. its honestly helped me a lot through depression and shit and now i wont be a criminal for having it if i can get a perscription for it.

  18. I know that Tennessee had a bill on the books for this year, but the bill was killed. Hopefully, it will be (guessing on the terminology here) “reopened” next year.

  19. This shows how backwards the midwest is. I live in Missouri so narrow-minded people seem to be the norm(no pun). This is the state the DEA or police raided a place and shot a dudes dog because it was barking…
    If NORML can win some ground in the midwest, that will go a long way for the cause. I wear a norml t-shirt.

  20. Little by little the drug war is being won.

    All we need now is a President who understands that marijuana is safe, but prisons aren’t. It’s too bad that, no matter which doofus wins this year, we aren’t getting that President.

  21. Hell yeah Gary I am getting signatures for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana petition things are looking good.

  22. New Connecticut Medical Marijuana law says “NO, YOU CAN’T GROW YOUR OWN.” WHAT A JOKE. TERRIBLE LAW. BIG BROTHER CONTROLS EVERYTHING, WE ARE NOT AS FREE AS WE THINK!!!!

  23. I live in the bible belt. Kansas to be exact! They are still trying to “protect” my uterus since the fact that I have a vagina makes me unable to make my own decisions about my uterus and what I can do with it. I doubt, very seriously, that they will trust my judgement about other health concerns. I wish we were evolved enough to be number 18.

  24. As I rapidly approach age 60, I’m tired as hell of waiting for our idiotic govt to finally do the right thing – which is obvious to anyone with an IQ over 50 – to end prohibition!

    God I hate the idiots running things in our Federal Govt! Obama is a prime example of idiocy. He is courting the votes of young people but completely refuses to even consider what it is that the majority wants…
    Not than Romney is any better…

    But – get this – Gary Johnson is now the Libertarian party candidate and I think that we, as thinking human beings, should all give him our vote!!!

  25. This is still not acceptable because arguing that it’s a medicine gives government cause to keep it medical and only let big pharma run it all, thus making it another government project by the gov for the gov. Watch …..it could be deception…just sayin’ Liberty says just legalize it all and no citizen should be hurt by anothers behavior….therefore keeping government small and not impeding on our rights in any way.

  26. Fellows, chill.

    Medical marijuana is Okay. Look, the people who need medical marijuana need a lot more of than a casual toker does, unless you’re Bob Marley. But seriously, what is wrong with drug companies , or even better: marijuana companies providing them what they need?

    The facts are marijuana isn’t dangerous enough to require a doctor’s prescription and that is telling in itself. Once people see how harmless it is, that none of “Reefer Madness” crap is true, that the plant has a 1,000 and one uses they never heard of… Yeah, it is going to legal all the way.

    Letting sick people use it as part of their treatment just happens to be one of the most obvious things it can be used for.

  27. God will always have his way and his law obviously trumps federal law. Go Conneticut! never needed federal interference then and still don’t now. Already legal when God created it and gave it to all men.

  28. The numbers of states for medical cannabis can only increase. It was California for MMJ first and then other states are following. After November in Colorado for regulation of cannabis like alcohol passes, the same thing will happen.

    Just imagine that because of the Timothy Leary case before the Supreme Court in the late 60’s, the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act became *unenforceable.* It was at that time that the misguided and unethical prohibition should have ended. Instead, Nixon ordered a commission to study the subject. After they recommended that cannabis shouldn’t be illegal, Nixon passed the Controlled Substances Act which would lead to the creation of a failed drug war and a handful of wasteful federal agencies; 40 more years of pointless stupidity.

    One has to wonder…why did he even bother to sponsor a commission at all? After he just disregarded their conclusions entirely, his motives became even more transparent and exposed his poor character in a way that even his political opponents couldn’t have done to him.

    The question is, who ordered/bribed Nixon to initiate this Controlled Substances nonsense and its absurd system of scheduling, in order to remove cannabis from market competition? That answer should be public information.

    In a couple of days the DEA(th) go to court to try and explain their position that has been indefensible and unconscionable for over 40 years. My bet? Their defense will consist of the usual inane and regurgitated non-arguments and lies.

    Their best excuse they can muster will be, as it almost always is, “but, but, it’s a controlled substance, schedule I, even.”

    Never mind that “controlled substance” and “schedule I” labels were invented by Nixon and his attorney general, neither of whom gave a single good reason to justify their poor and unethical policy. Scheduling has nothing to do with safety so their defense in court will inevitably be a parroted and fallacious appeal to false authority.

    —-
    On 5/11/2012, the DEA goes on trial for blocking medical cannabis research

    http://www.maps.org/mmj/dealawsuit/MAPS_Oral_Args_11May2012_PR_FINAL.pdf

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012
    CONTACT:
    Allen Hopper, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Director, ACLU of California
    Contact via Communications Director Laura Saponara: 510-367-8453
    U.S. APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS IN CASE
    CHALLENGING DEA’S DENIAL OF LICENSE FOR MEDICAL
    MARIJUANA PRODUCTION FACILITY

    On Friday, May 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Mass., will hear oral arguments in a federal lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration for denying University of Massachusetts-Amherst Prof. Lyle Craker a license to grow marijuana for privately funded medical research. The arguments are the culmination of nearly 11 years of legal and administrative proceedings seeking to end the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) monopoly on the supply of marijuana for research.

    The lawsuit is a response to an August 15, 2011, final order issued by the DEA rejecting a DEA
    Administrative Law Judge’s 2007 recommendation that it would be in the public interest to grant Craker the license. A laboratory at the University of Mississippi funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is currently the only facility in the U.S. permitted to grow marijuana for research. Craker is represented in the case by Washington, D.C., law firm Covington & Burling LLP and the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Craker first applied in June 2001 for a DEA license to start a marijuana production facility at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst under contract to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization whose mission includes developing marijuana into an FDA-approved prescription medicine. Prior to Craker’s application, NIDA had refused
    to sell marijuana to two FDA-approved MAPS-sponsored protocols, preventing them from taking place. In September 2011, NIDA refused to sell marijuana to a third FDA-approved MAPS-sponsored protocol, this one in 50 U.S. veterans with chronic, treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), preventing it from taking place. MAPS and Craker are working to open the door for privately funded drug
    development studies conducted under FDA regulations.

    Despite increasingly widespread recognition of marijuana’s therapeutic benefits and formal policies in 17 states and the District of Columbia, the federal government still insists that marijuana is a dangerous drug with no medical value. Even if MAPS and Craker’s efforts to open the door for privately funded,
    federally regulated non-profit medical marijuana research are successful, it will likely take a decade for marijuana to become an FDA-approved prescription medicine. In the meantime, getting PTSD patients access to the treatments they need will depend on the continuing success of state-based medical marijuana policy reform.

    DOCKET TO BE CALLED FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 AT 9:30 A.M
    COURT OF APPEALS PANEL COURTROOM, 7TH FLOOR
    BEFORE JUDGES: Torruella, Lipez, Howard
    09-1220 Lyle E. Craker v. Drug Enforcement Administration
    Appellant 15 min. Appellee 15 min.
    ###

    The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and
    educational organization that works with government regulatory agencies to develop whole-plant
    marijuana into an FDA-approved prescription medicine.

    More information is available at http://www.maps.org/research/mmj.

    The Petitioner’s Reply Brief in Lyle E. Craker v. Drug Enforcement Administration is available at
    http://www.maps.org/mmj/dealawsuit/2012.05.04_Craker_Reply.pdf.

  29. Imagine what Nixon smoked??

    beyond judgement..beyond recognition,

    pure aknowledgement…..baby…whatever????????.

  30. I agree with justin… this is not good. Also what ARE the specific conditions needed to get a license? It says it over and over in EVERY link the exact same article…

    ‘The measure also outlines diseases that would be treated by the drug, establishes a registry for patients and caregivers and restricts cultivating the plant to growers with permits.’

    This is baaaaaaaad. Legalized? I guess. But now I HAVE to smoke state shit.. IF I can claim a good enough reason to GET an Rx. Every one will probably know you smoke then too, creditors, your work, the state.
    Blow this s@#t up there @ss.

    [Paul Armentano responds: One, the text of the law, which outlines the “debilitating medical conditions” conditions, is here: http://search.cga.state.ct.us/2012/TOB/H/2012HB-05389-R00-HB.htm. Two, the state is not growing cannabis. It is licensing individual growers to cultivate cannabis.]

  31. California politicians back Marijuna legalization . Here’s something from, California’s, Nancy Polosi,
    “I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California,” said Pelosi, “and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana.”

  32. PS – I voted for Obama in the first election & was going to in the 2012 election but , President Obama has now lost my vote along with millions of others .

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