Medical Marijuana Bills Advance in New England
Medical marijuana bills are moving in New England. On Wednesday, a Connecticut joint committee approved a bill there, and on Thursday, a New Hampshire Senate committee approved one there.
In Connecticut, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary voted 35-8 to approve House Bill 5389, which would create a system for licensing producers and distributors. The bill would also allow patients or their primary caregivers to possess an amount reasonably necessary for a one-month supply. What is “reasonably necessary” would be determined by the Department of Consumer Protection after the bill becomes law.
Although some legislators raised concerns about possible conflicts with federal law, Connecticut voters don’t seem to share those concerns. A Quinnipiac University poll released the same day as the committee vote showed that 68% supported the medical marijuana bill, with only 27% opposed. (Continue story)