Bill Permitting the Medical Use of Marijuana Clears the CT Senate

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Following a passionate debate that stretched on for nearly 10 hours, the Connecticut Senate early this morning gave final legislative approval to a bill that legalizes and regulates the medical use of marijuana.

Gov. Malloy hailed the bill\’s passage and said he will sign it into law once it reaches his desk.

\”There are thousands of people in Connecticut who will likely benefit from this legislation as they struggle with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses,\’\’ Malloy said in a statement issued moments after the votes were tallied at 2:35 a.m. \”With them in mind, I want to commend the General Assembly for passing this bill.\”

Although lawmakers have pondered the issue several times in the past decade, supporters say this year\’s bill is superior to previous versions. It contains safeguards and restrictions that are lacking in other states, said Senate President Donald Williams.

\”When I looked at some of the other states that took what I thought was almost a wild, wild west approach of allowing people to grow plants at home and the lack of oversight and regulation, I did not believe it was the right thing for Connecticut to do, to emulate those states and those versions,\’\’ Williams said.

Three Democratic Senators–Paul Doyle of Wethersfield, Joan Hartley of Waterbury and Gayle Slossberg of Milford–joined with Republicans to oppose the bill. Four Republicans, John Kissel of Enfield, Kevin Wikos of Canton, Andrew Roraback of Goshen and Anthony Guglielmo of Stafford, voted yes. Two Senators, Edith Prague, D-Columbia, and Eileen Daily, D-Westbrook, were absent.

 

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives late last month, \”emphasizes regulation and oversight and controls,\” said Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield and co-chairman of the legislature\’s judiciary committee. ,

 

Leading the charge for the opposition was Sen. Toni Boucher, who began speaking before 6 p.m. Friday and was still going strong at 2 a.m. Saturday. The Republican from Wilton cited studies, statistics and anecdotes during her filibuster before a chamber that was largely empty at various points throughout the long discussion.

Boucher summoned various arguments throughout the night, from the medical (marijuana is highly addictive and smoking it can cause cancer and other health problems) to the legal (permitting the medicinal use of marijuana would put Connecticut in direct conflict with federal law) to the educational (the bill sends the wrong message to young people.)

\”I guess I\’ve spent some time trying to convince you that … this is the wrong direction,\” Boucher said at one point, with just six of 36 senators in the room and the galleries above both sides of the ornate Senate circle devoid of spectators.

Sen. Len Suzio, R-Meriden, said Boucher gave the equivalent of a college-level course on the dangers of marijuana.

Boucher, who views marijuana as a \”gateway drug\” that destroys lives, offered to drop her opposition if lawmakers amended the bill to limit medical marijuana use only to those facing a terminal illness. That amendment — the first of the 48 to come up for a vote — failed, 23-11, at 10:30 p.m.

At 11:20 p.m., senators voted on the second amendment, which would have excluded glaucoma patients from using medicinal pot. Like the earlier effort to change the bill; this one also failed, on a vote of 24-10.

Lawmakers ultimately worked their way through just seven of the amendments, each one of them falling short.

Unlike other states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, notably California and Colorado, Connecticut would tightly regulate the drug\’s use, advocates say. To qualify, patients would need a physician\’s certification that they have a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson\’s disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.

Marijuana would be dispensed only by pharmacists who obtained a special license. Qualifying patients and their primary caregivers would be required to register with the Department of Consumer Protection.

\”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.\”

The debate in Connecticut has changed sharply since 2003, when the measure failed on the floor of the House after an emotional debate. The proposal passed one year later, in 2004, by a vote of 75-71, but it has never been signed into law. After being passed by both chambers in 2007, the bill was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican.

In those early days, it was primarily stoners and people from \”the radical left\” who favored the bill as a way to force social change on marijuana policy, Kissel said. \”Very few people in medicine supported the bill,\” he said.

But as the years went on, lawmakers began hearing from medical professionals. They also heard harrowing, deeply personal stories from people coping with chronic and serious illnesses about the role that marijuana plays in their medical treatment.

\”There has been a sea change over the last decade,\” Kissel said.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said he understands the suffering seriously ill patients endure. \”I remember walking out of my car one day in…college, to go pick up my father from the train station,\’\’ said McKinney, whose father was the late Congressman Stewart McKinney. \”I hadn\’t seen him in about six months…and I didn\’t recognize him because he had lost 40 or 50 pounds because he was dying of AIDS. I understand that suffering and that pain.\”

But, McKinney said, \”I have never been able to get around…the fact that what we are authorizing to be done is a violation of law. And I don\’t know if we\’ve ever done that in this circle before.\”

Boucher argued that legalizing medical marijuana would send a devastating message to young people. \”There are reams of data that speak to the cost of the state due to the unhealthy effects of marijuana,\” she said.

Long-term marijuana use, Boucher said, affects the heart and lungs and causes problems with infertility in men; in addition, it leads to increased depression, schizophrenia and psychosis, she said. Marijuana users are also \”more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in motor vehicle crashes,\” she said, comparing \”doped driving\” to drunken driving.

Smoking one joint per day is like smoking four to five cigarettes, Boucher said. \”It is an accepted fact that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer,\” she said. \”This implies … that marijuana leads to some of the same results. … The smoking of cannabis has a detrimental effect to our lungs. … I think we\’ve made the case on that. This is why the FDA has been very, very cautious about the public moving in this direction.\”

But Sen. Anthony Musto said it was \”a bit hypocritical\” to single out marijuana for criticism when many drugs, including some of those sold over the counter, that can give users a high.
\”The drugs that many of us have in our medicine cabinets right now are more addictive and more dangerous than marijuana,\’\’ Musto said. \”There are certainly problems with drugs but the solution…is not to abandon the good they can do. The solution is to regulate them, to use them only under a doctor\’s care, to put in place any number of safeguards to make sure they are not abused.\”
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76 thoughts on “Bill Permitting the Medical Use of Marijuana Clears the CT Senate

  1. Rod

    Why would the state spend so much time and money on a bill that might help 1000 people, maximum, and ultimately be considered illegal by the Feds.

    The state has just been ranked 6th from the bottom for being “business friendly.” Business employs and impacts close to 1 million people in CT, so why doesn’t this legislature put ANY effort into helping these employers? This would have way more of a positive impact on CT’s workforce and economy…

    1. Ian W. Bain

      Clearly , this is part of an
      Evil Leftist Satanic Plot to
      destroy Mankind by Obama ,
      and his band of Merry Pranksters .

    2. Ed

      Rod, clearly you do not have one of these debilitating diseases and I sincerely hope that you never do get one. However, you8 DO have your figures WAY wrong. There are literally at least tens of thousands who can and will benefit from this legislation. Many of us are even Veterans and we became this way defending YOUR rights to be a jerk about it all. Now, I don’t mind not being able to drive in order to use my medicine, it doesn’t matter to me at all, After all I am legally blind and can’t drive any way. Yet, I WILL benefit from the legislation in that I will get to keep what tiny amount of eyesight I have remaining to me. Yet, because I might get a little bit high as a side effect YOU would have me go totally blind instead and deny ME my medicine? What is WRONG with you?

  2. Trapper

    It’s about time that it was legalized. The restraints on use will make it unavailable to individuals who experience debilitating chronic pain due to factors than those listed in the article. I guess that the legislature wants those people to remain pill “junkies”.

    Marijuana is not a front door into more dangerous drugs. Any thing addictive – whether alcohol, higher level drugs, pills, and even debiliating compulsive behaviors are as dangerous or even more dangerous to society.

    Legalization of marijuana for medical purposes is just a good first step, one that has been too long in the making. Congratulations to Connecticut on being ahead of the pack in this law. It will make a difference to improve the quality of life for those in situations where the pain is no longer manageable by drugs.

    1. Ian W. Bain

      This is Connecticut ;
      Law here is not supposed to be fair , or reasonable . Get over it .

  3. BS

    The inhabitants of the Legislative Office Building prove their foolishness each and every day.

  4. Ian W. Bain

    OMG ! ! ! !
    Drug crazed Hippies in WheelChairs will turn Connecticut into a Zombie/End World Movie !

    1. Ian W. Bain

      Hartford will resemble ” Stoned Max – Beyond Thunderdrome ” … Roving gangs of Freaky Wheelchair people will occupy streets filled with rubble , as Outlanders come to try and steal their candy !

    2. PsA

      As a hippie in a wheelchair (or using canes), your comment amuses me. :) Before this passed, I had ONE option for pain relief due to other medical problems – an option that will stop working over time. Medical marijuana may be my only option for relief from my debilitating chronic pain once my current medication stops working for me.

  5. Farfel

    Boucher needs to be voted out of office by her constituents. Clearly, she not only lies, but prefers that terminally ill people writhing in pain continue to suffer. A perfect monster.

  6. Augh

    Governor Malloy, in looking for revenue, would sell our souls. Tax and spend. Taking money from potheads which will eventually be needed to support them anyway. Meanwhile we just degrade society. We’ll end up like California with a hemp shop in every corner. Augh.

    1. Rich

      Malloy is looking for votes. He knows he will have a hard time getting elected with the way he’s sticking it to the taxpayers.

    2. notAbidingInIgnorance

      You’ll end up out of the shadow of misinformation and ignorance. You’re so ignorant you missed the entire point of the story, which is that CT will regulate MJ as a *real* pharmaceutical, unlike CA who treats it like a strong cough syrup. If degrading society means weeding out ignorant folks such as yourself, I’m sure we’ll all be fine.

  7. billos

    …..Boucher’s ignorance stoops her the level of Moron. She can’t possibly produce the science to back up her claims. There simply is none to produce.

    1. guest

      thank you! I agree! ugh, her comments were making me so mad. what does it take to be a senator these days? SO MUCH IGNORANCE & PROPOGANDA floating around, and people read this crap and believe every word. especially that comment about the FDA. it is laughable. I am glad this bill passed, it’s a good first TINY step. please, people, do your own research!! we are being LIED to.

  8. Paul Bahre

    They just need to legalize the stuff and be done with it. They need to stop arresting people and putting them through the justice system and legalize it. They have no political will. They are all weak and lame. The stuff is no more harmful than a cup of coffee and certainly not as harmful as a couple of beers.

  9. S Murray

    We have just stepped on to a very slippery slope Connecticut. Prepare to fall! By some etimates 40% of HIV/AIDS patients acquired the disease by IV drug use. They will be abosultely giddy with this new law. HIV/AIDS patients are not in pain and are not dying from the disease anymore Sen. McKinney. There are resonable and good, alternative medications for every use touted by supporters. This is a dangerous substance that is now more accessible in Connecticut and society will pay the price. Are you listening Govenor?

    1. P.S.

      Your comments about HIV/AIDS patients are unfounded. There are still plenty of patients out there that suffer with this disease due to many reasons. Primarily, socioeconomic ones. Even if they are not in pain, marijuana can be used to mitigate side effects from the medications they use and promote wait gain or curb weight loss. Also, who cares if they enjoy their medication? Where is it listed that medication has to make you feel like garbage?

    2. jeff bloking

      another person who knows nothing, it would be great if people mind their own business, if you don’t like it don’t use it….have a oxycontin and a beer and shut up.if you think this is what will destroy ct. you must live some where else. way to go danny boy get out your pen!!

    3. Ian W. Bain

      Wild eyed youth will be Mugging Grandma ,
      and shooting up Marijuana pills !

    4. D Stark

      …You realize this article is about cannabis correct? One of the least harmful drugs on this planet? It also isn’t an IV drug. Do you have any idea what you are talking about?

    5. Shawn M Lang

      Do your homework. First, marijuana isn’t an injectable drug. Second, we’ve seen a 30% reduction in newly report cases of HIV in inspecting drugs users because we have syringe exchange programs in six areas in the state. Many people with HIv suffer from painful neuropathy (look it up) and/or suffer from nausea, diarrhea and vomiting as a result from their HIV meds and therefore can’t take anything by outh. For them, and cancer patients in the throes of chemo, marijuana is often the only saving grace. And, it’s well documented by evidenced based studies that it is not a gateway drug. The biggest gateway drugs in CT are opioids like oxycodone and Vicodin.

    6. Ian W. Bain

      I am as ” hip ” as anyone else ,
      and have depth of real experience ;
      I once watched MTV for a half hour .
      Have you ever heard the song :
      ” Mama Told Me Not To Come ” ?
      You should listen to it carefully .

      1. Ian W. Bain

        Want some whiskey in your water?
        Sugar in your tea?
        What’s all these crazy questions they’re askin’ me?
        This is the craziest party that could ever be
        Don’t turn on the lights ’cause I don’t wanna see

        Mama told me not to come
        Mama told me not to come
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, no”

        Open up the window, let some air into this room
        I think I’m almost chokin’ from the smell of stale perfume
        And that cigarette you’re smokin’ ’bout scare me half to death
        Open up the window, sucker, let me catch my breath

        Mama told me not to come
        Mama told me not to come
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

        The radio is blastin’, someone’s knockin’ at the door
        I’m lookin’ at my girlfriend – she’s passed out on the floor
        I seen so many things I ain’t never seen before
        Don’t know what it is – I don’t wanna see no more

        Mama told me not to come
        Mama told me not to come
        She said, “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

        “That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
        KILL
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

        “That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
        “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

    7. Prynne

      In HIV/AIDS clients, marijuana can decrease the debilitating nausea caused by many of the antiretroviral medications that they must take on a daily basis to continue “not dying from the disease.” It can also increase appetite, which is impaired in many people living with HIV/AIDS.

  10. P.S.

    Marijuana absolutely has medicinal value. Secondly, marijuana is not a gateway drug. Sure there are people on harder drugs that don’t think twice about smoking pot. This is the minority in my experience. I have met plenty of people that smoke pot every day, have a job, are respectable members of society, and wouldn’t consider doing any other drugs besides alcohol, which is generally agreed upon as being worse than pot. They don’t even smoke cigarettes! Explain that Mr. Gateway Drug! I’m glad that patients in need will have another option besides taking opioids that actually do cause physical dependency and are extremely difficult to stop once therapy is initiated for chronic pain.

    1. psst

      The entire gateway is the fact that you need to go to the black market to purchase marijuana, and if your already doing something illegal its not really a big step to try something else illegal, by removing it from the black market we take the power away from the criminals and therefore eliminating the gateway label of this plant. Personally I think adults should have choices to what medicine they take and not what big pharma says they have to. The only gateway marijuana is now is Toni Bouchers gateway to the private sector.

  11. Nam vet

    The US Government distributes ~300 rolled joints each to four American citizens monthly. Here’s the problem; the feds are either: A. withholding a beneficial substances from the masses, or B. supplying four American citizens with a dangerous substance. So which one is it? It can’t be both.

  12. About Damn Time

    Ian W. Bain, I would like to see you live in debilitating pain every day and see where you stand on this issue. I have no problem with registering with the DCP nor does my husband as my caregiver. I am in total agreement with the restrictions on the sale and use. To those of you who have not read the bill, I have, you have no right to comment. It’s about time!! I have MS and have been suffering for the last 17 years. I am a professional in the legal community, have a bachelor’s degree and have never had so much as a parking ticket. The ignorance of people never fails to astound me. Have you ever heard the saying “Make no judgment till you have walked a mile in their shoes”? I am looking forward to being able to sleep in comfort every night. THANK YOU LEGISLATORS from everyone in Connecticut with these horrible diseases.

  13. Brian

    When you all get older you all will be looking for less expensive ways than pills and devices to alleviate pain and suffering as you are all going to live longer. We need some home remedies and this is one. By the way many HIV patients are in pain with the neuropathy and wasting and skin conditions that occur. Show some compasssion and stop being so control freaky. If the Federal government is responsive to the states and the people’s needs they will have to modify their position as well.

  14. HLS

    We’ve been searching for new drugs for years now, so why not try something like pot? The people that need it have to criminally possess it. And the cost of this compared to some of the medicines out there, it’s win win. I hope I never have to need it but I am glad I can live in Ct. where I could purchase it.

  15. JoeDaWg82

    You have to be a special brand of stupid to think its somehow OK to keep medicine away from sick people just because your “worried” about so called “abuse”. First of all marijuana is just about the safest “drug” on earth, its not physically addictive and it can’t kill you. Advil kills more people very day than marijuana has in thousands of years. Why the silly hysteria? We are talking about a plant, not nuclear waste. As a Republican I’m embarrassed by that ding bats rant. This is a common sense issue, if you still buy into “reefer madness”, I’m sorry, your too stupid to be taken seriously. All drugs are abused, Vicodin, Xanax, prozac, SOMA, beer, cigarettes, caffeine. I mean give me a break, that doesn’t mean we shut down all the pharmacies in the state, and those are REAL drugs. The kind that REALLY do something, like destroy your organs, get you addicted, result in death. Its just hard to get up in arms about someone “abusing” a drug that’s medically speaking safer than peanuts. Its about time.

    1. Ian W. Bain

      This is a threat to Big Business !
      Where would the billion dollar industry be if people grew pot on their own .
      Big Pharmicutical needs to keep people stung along on as many production meds as possible .
      My God Man , This is The American Way .
      Do you not see ? Marijuana could threaten the American way ! Are you against America ?
      what about all of the Employment provided by anti-marijuana laws ?
      What are you , some sort of Commie ?

      1. Ian W. Bain

        When The Almighty Govt made Pot Illegal ,
        it went to war against a Satanic movement . While Elvis was shaking his hips , and demoralizing our youth ;
        Our wise Govt was stooting mouthy ” anti eastablishment types ” at Kent State .
        Please don`t force the hand of Govt again , and make them shoot undesirables .

        1. Ian W. Bain

          This is dire , and the danger is real .
          One day , you`re listening to Elvis Presley records , and before you know it , in a couple of weeks , you`re using marijuana , and living in a van , down by the river ! Easing restrictions on marijuana is opening a virtual Pandora`s Box . What would President Nixon say ?

  16. S Murray

    Has anyone heard of Marinol? It is available by prescription in Connecticut and has the active ingredient found in Marujuana. It can be prescribed for any legitimate medical use. I don’t want people to suffer. That is why I am against legalization. Addicts do suffer! Marijuana is addictive! Smoking it does damage the lungs. Ingesting it can be dangerous because absorption rates cannot be controlled. Etc, etc… Clearly no one wants to have an intelligent conversation. People have made up thier minds and only want to insult others. Get ready to fork over your tax dollars for substance abuse and psychiatric care.

    1. Shawn M Lang

      If you’re suffering from nausea and vomiting, Marinol isn’t an option. And, it doesn’t work for everyone. The palliative use of marijuana is well documented.

    2. Good Point, But...

      You’re thinking a bit too simple here. There are several levels of severity when it comes to physical addiction ranging from the horror stories of heroine junkies to the silly coworker complaining about caffeine addiction. The truth of the matter is that Marijuana CAN be addictive though it is rather uncommon (a recent study estimates circa 9% of Marijuana users develop an addiction to the drug). The thing to consider, however, is that, outside of psychological addiction, there are very few intense withdrawal effects when it comes to Marijuana. In fact, even the experimental group who displayed signs of physical addiction to the drug easily passed through their “Withdrawal Phase” in a controlled environment during the same study. My point is that while you insist that “addicts do suffer,” even if the patients who are in need of the drug do become addicted to it, they will suffer more without it.

      For the record, Marinol lacks several of the chemicals found in natural cannabis that provide therapeutic comfort. As a result, it provides comfort to a much narrower margin of people than that of normal Marijuana. While it is worth trying, it just doesn’t work for all patients and cannot be considered a real alternative.

    3. TiY

      Marinol contains only ONE active ingredient of marijuana THC. Whole marijuana contains many other active Cannabinoids. Marinol pills in my opinion is a very bad idea, because it takes a safe drug, marijuana and turns it into a not so safe drug.

  17. idiotism

    all these people complaining about how this was passed, are crazy…

    these people probably also praised the lifting of the ban of alcohol sales on Sunday. they want to have their drug of choice, but have issues with assisting the chronically ill with their pain and suffering.

    unless you are calling for the out-right ban of alcohol sales along with every other drug…stop crying and move on, hypocrites.

  18. Ruben Alvarez

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/18/us/government-study-of-marijuana-sees-medical-benefits.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    That is an article from March 18 1999. It basically makes Sen. Toni Boucher look like an all out liar. It shoots down many of her key points, and was a study done by the government. I think the opinions of these doctors is more important, than the opinion of a attention addict. She wants us to know her name. She is thinking of the job she wants, not the one she has. The people of CT are not what she cares about, she wants to be in Washington.

  19. THREEFIFTHS

    This law is a waste.You can still be Arrested by the Feds.Under the CSA, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that the federal government views marijuana as highly addictive and has no medical value, and this position was reaffirmed in a 2011 government study claming medical marijuana had no medical value.Under federal law doctors may not “prescribe” marijuana for medical use, but they can “recommend” its use under the First Amendment.It’s important to point out that federal law trumps state law, which is why the feds can raid and close medical marijuana dispensaries even though medical marijuana is legal in some states.

  20. Ian W. Bain

    Beggers will be on every streetcorner ,
    Wheezing ” Brother can you spare a dime ”
    And ” Alms for the blind ~ …
    Angelic choirs will be singing ” The End ”
    By Jim Morrison ….

  21. Mark Mathew Braunstein

    Be it caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, or cannabis, demons may or may not lurk in the drugs that we as a society use, but demons surely lurk in your fears of the drugs you do NOT use and therefore do not know. Relax! Breathe! Allay your fears!

    Legal or not, I have used marijuana medicinally for 22 years, and I have testified before the Judiciary and Public Health Committees seven of the eight times since 1997 that this bill has been considered. I remain self-supporting, self-sufficient, creative, and productive not despite cannabis, but because of it, because it enables me to avoid the use of far more addicting and debilitating pharmaceutical drugs.

    - Mark Mathew Braunstein, Quaker Hill, CT

  22. Nam Vet

    We should never allow the DEBATE
    to become more important than
    THE TRUTH.

    Government For , By, and of the People
    Not by the Politicians.

  23. Gerry

    We all know that “patients would need a physician’s certification that they have a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy” means there would be absolutely no fraud on the doctor’s part just like the same doctors allowing some of their patients use of Handicap Parking Permits when not required. I see them all the time at Sam’s Club and other stores.

  24. Nam Vet

    Thank you for being so COMPETENT and fast
    to fix my post that was sent b4 a spellcheck was done.

  25. Sam

    Very happy to see this bill passed, looking forward to the law going into effect and finally allowing chronically ill patients to get the medicine they need.

  26. Bob

    As a Connecticut employer with a staff member eligible for this treatment, I am glad the legislature and The Danster have eliminated for me one of my biggest concerns: the staff member being arrested for driving while “medicated”.

    Since the “treatment” is now legal in Connecticut, and as long as the truck stays in Connecticut, there are no Federal DOT worries. Connecticut livery services and trucking companies can breathe a sigh of relief.

    And if something ever happens, I am off the hook.

    THANK YOU DANNEL!!!!!

  27. pcolabella

    How many more states do we need to approve medical marijuana before the federal government recognizes its value. The fact that this contradiction exists tells us that one side is increasingly wrong. There are now SIXTEEN states with medical marijuana laws, all different, ranging from near legalization to Ct’s highly regulated law. TWELVE MORE states have pending legislation and there are more to follow. This issue is foggy at best but should not be dividing a nation. we are not talking about slavery, however human right do come into question.

  28. Luke

    “marijuana
    in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

    ~DEA’s Administrative Law Judge,
    Francis Young.
    Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency
    , “In the Matter of marijuana Rescheduling Petition,”
    [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 1988)

    PLEASE CUT AND PASTE AND SEND THIS TO
    Sen. Toni Boucher.
    A DEA Judge said this in 1998,He was just another STONER I guess.

  29. Chris

    I have heard enough of the ” gateway drug ” that is not true it’s just the most available drug and when someone goes and dies different drugs it has nothing to do with marijuana. That’s like sayin beer if a gateway drug when someone starts to drink hard alcohol.

  30. CBerg

    Big congradulations to Connecticut! The bill passing is a tribute to all people who love freedom and liberty. Cannabis is not only safe, but if one seriously believes it has no medicinal properties, please start researching the thousands of AMA, JAMA and even more biological and scientific journal articles/research papers, most free to read on the internet. Cannabis does not have to be adulterated, it value is as is, a simple herb. All other illegal substances (and prescription drugs) are changed, mixed, cut, adulterated making them all very dangerous, even over the counter will kill those who abuse them. Please research using your own mind rather than letting others that will loose fed dollars tell you how to think concerning medicinal cannabis use.

  31. Ian W. Bain

    Consider this :
    When you see a television ad offering a drug for one malady , you then see a half hour of listing the disclamers , and reporting the list of ” side effect ” maladys the advertized drug may cause ; including sometimes death ! All this for Govt and FDA approved drugs !
    Imagine the disclaimers , side effects , and deaths marijuana would cause !
    Scores of our Nation`s promising youth would be walking out high-rise windows , like Art Linkletter`s daughter , for God`s Sakes !
    Really Think About This !
    Really Think About Reefer Madness !

    1. Ian W. Bain

      Dirty Hippies , with long hair , would be scaling high-rise buildings to rape your wife and children , and steal your cash and jewels . They`d have super human strength , all hopped up on drugs !
      I`ve seen COPS , where 12 cops have to tackle one drunk subject who can barely stand on his own ! Our fine officers cannot take a chance on a Drug Crazed Hippy with Super Human Strength !

  32. Ian W. Bain

    Oh , The Debauchery !
    Oh , The Humanity !
    Fast Forward 20 years ; Marijuana is legal .
    There is a new Broadway Show ;
    Larry Craig And The Toe Tappers .
    Picture a Chorus Line of Congressmen and Secret Service Agents ; All hopped up on drugs , and dancing while wearing Ballet outfits !
    This is the beginning of The End !
    The End of the World as we know it !

  33. Imaginary Reality

    Rod Serling steps out from around a corner, and offers a narrative:
    “Submitted for your approval; A nation gone mad on marijuana”
    “There’s a sign post up ahead; A warning” …
    “Please Keep Hands and Feet Inside The Car, When you take a ride in” …
    “The Twilight Zone”.

  34. About Time

    I am so happy that medical marijuana will finally become a reality in Connecticut. If you disagree, please read the facts about marijuana before making a judgment, and do not believe the nonsense by Senator Boucher since her statements are not based on fact. There are tons of deaths from aspirin, alcohol and prescription drugs, but nobody has ever died from a marijuana overdose. If this natural plant can help people who are suffering, then I am 100% in favor of it. I’d rather have someone use marijuana for pain than any of the addictive opiate drugs like Hydrocodone.

    What I am very disappointed in is that the bill does not include people who suffer from debilitating chronic pain (not involving one of the medical conditions listed in the bill). I suffered an injury several years ago, and I am in severe pain every day and cannot stand on my feet for certain lengths of time because of the pain. My doctor has me on Hydrocodone, but I can only take a certain number of pills per day because of the risk of liver damage, and this med does not control my pain well enough for me to not suffer so much. Plus, this med makes me very nauseated, so if something like marijuana could help my pain, I would love to stop taking the Vicoden. I am only on Vicoden because the pain is excruciating, but I hate this med. So it really upsets me that people who suffer from severe chronic pain like myself are unable to benefit from medical marijuana. Hey, just keep throwing addictive, strong pain killers at us…at least the drug companies are happy.

    1. Ian W. Bain

      What about the good old days ;
      Where mom was stoned on medication,
      and wisely preached the evils of illegal drugs ? Being stoned in the fashion of Mother isn`t good enough ?

    2. russ

      i agree,i also have cronic pain periphrial nouropithy,degenerative disc disease,type 2 diabetis,joint pain,constant headackes, back pain 8+ on a scale of 1 to 10 and am on 2 opiat scripts + 800mg Ibuprofine and muscle relaxers and none of it touches the pain,canibus reduces pain to a manageable level and reduces my depression

  35. SKRIBE

    To all those who think its dangerous, take some time out and do your research. I actually did a paper on Cannabis in college and found no scientific proof that its harmful. If you want to point out a harmful drug that’s known to kill people, point to cigarettes. Compare the two. Case closed. Stop being ignorant and calling something harmful when you know nothing of it.

  36. Ian W. Bain

    You see where this is going ?
    Instead of wearing Argyle sweaters and socks , and attending Ivy League schools ; Muffy and Biff will be wearing WalMart , and asking ” Would you like fries with that ? ”
    My God Man ! Bushnell Park will look like Woodstock , and be full of nude hippies surfing on the mud !

  37. Dan

    As a 100 percent disabled vet I am very excited by recent events. Finally, I may be able to get relief from the terrible aniety from the PTSD that plages me. I also live a lot pain form the injuries I have suffered from serving

    My country.

  38. Dan

    As a 100 percent disabled vet I am very excited by recent events. Finally, I may be able to get relief from the terrible aniety from the PTSD that plages me. I also live a lot pain form the injuries I have suffered from serving

    My country. It also may help not need to take 11 different mess I need every day, some of are very powerful and addictive.

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