In advance of a key vote next week on the state’s new medical marijuana regulations, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday reiterated his support for the new law that permits patients with certain illnesses to obtain a doctor’s prescription for pot.
Malloy said he is confident that issues raised by the Legislative Commissioners’ Office have been addressed and the new rules will be adopted by the regulations review committee on Tuesday.
“My staff has been in contact with a number of the members…I think we’ve addressed the concerns,” the governor told reporters. “As you know, we now have a positive recommendation for passage. I’m hopeful that they’ll pass these regulations.”
The LCO outlined 13 “substantive concerns” as well as over 100 technical corrections to the marijuana regulations proposed by the state Department of Consumer Protection.
Malloy once again expressed his support for the law, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2012 legislative session.
“There is increasing amounts of evidence that there are benefits, medical benefits, to the use of marijuana in certain cases,” Malloy said. “Obviously we’re not treating headaches with it.”
Patients with certain medical conditions — including post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease — will be able to obtain a doctor’s order for marijuana next year.
Malloy cited the case of a young girl with epilepsy who endured “upwards of 300″ epileptic episodes per week.
“By treatment with marijuana specifically grown to have higher concentration of one thing and lower concentration of another, it is reported that she is down to six episodes per week,” he said. “She’s regained her ability to walk, to function, to speak and is catching back up to where she needs to be.
“Listen if we can do that, we should be doing it. so I feel very strongly that this is the right way to go.”