Conn. Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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  Conn. Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted by CN Staff on March 22, 2012 at 04:42:29 PT
By Shannon Young, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

Hartford -- A bill that would allow Connecticut adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, if the drug is prescribed by their doctor, has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Members of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted 35-to-8 in support of the bill Wednesday, after an hour-long discussion of the measure. This year’s bill proposes a system for licensing medical marijuana producers, dispensing the drug, and registering qualified patients with debilitating conditions. Under the proposed bill doctors could prescribe marijuana to patients who suffer from certain specified illnesses.
Additionally, the bill would limit medical marijuana prescriptions to a one year supply and require all drug manufacturing and distribution to be done in Connecticut. Many Connecticut lawmakers have said the bill is the best that has been presented before the committee, and even the legislature, as it addresses many concerns that opponents have raised in previous years.  Bill supporters said marijuana should be legalized for medical purpose to help state residents who are suffering from debilitating diseases. Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, a ranking member of the committee, said the issue comes down to a matter of human compassion. “When you sit here year-in and year-out and you listen to these individuals facing these really horrific circumstances in their lives, who are we to not allow them to access this if it gives them some comfort?” he said. Despite this, some committee members voiced concerns on how the potential state law legalizing medical marijuana could be affected by the federal intervention. Rep. John Shaban, R-Redding, said because the issue is in violation of the federal law, it would create a dual policy where the drug is not illegal under state law, but federal law. Other opponents raised concerns that federal intervention under the law could result in arrests of state employees and doctors who prescribe or distribute the drug. Committee co-chair, Rep. Gerald Fox III, D-Stamford, said he is not concerned on with federal intervention, however, as the legislation is careful to operate within state law. “We have crafted a bill that is very controlled and it’s our hope that it will alleviate a lot of the concerns people have had in the past,” he said. The bill’s passage comes shortly after a new poll shows a sizeable majority of Connecticut voters support allowing legalizing the drug for medical purposes. According to the poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 68 percent of registered voters said legalizing medical marijuana for adults is a good idea while 27 percent said it’s a bad idea. The survey of 1,622 registered voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. Mike Lawlor, the undersecretary of Criminal Justice Policy for the Office of Policy and Management, said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy supports the concept of the legislation. He said he is confident the governor will sign the bill if it reaches his desk this session. A bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana in Connecticut failed during last year’s legislative session. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Shannon Young, Associated PressPublished: March 22, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #22 posted by afterburner on March 26, 2012 at 08:52:26 PT
Ebb & Flow, 'Round & 'Round We Go
US WA: Hard To Rationalize Pot Prohibition, Spokesman-Review, (24 Mar 2012) Central American Drug Summit Inconclusive, Los Angeles Times, (25 Mar 2012) BC: PUB LTE: Why Are They Blind To Facts About Pot?, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, (27 Dec 2011) Importing Drug Violence From Mexico With New Crime Policies.
by Jeremiah Vandermeer - Monday, March 19 2012. 
Tags: cartels, Conservatives, gangs, mexico, prohibition, Stephen Harper, The DEA Raid Emery Seeds, violence. 
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on March 25, 2012 at 09:44:57 PT
Thank you. The Cherry Blossoms are gone and the trees are green. Our back yard is littered with the pear blossoms and we started the woodstove. The temperature has really dropped. I find when I see something that looks special outside to get the camera and take some pictures right away because it will quickly go away.
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on March 25, 2012 at 08:37:08 PT
As much as I love pictures of the family
for my desktop backgrounds, I've still got to go with those cherry blossoms for awhile. It will do me good to see those now and then.Thank you so much.You'll still stand a chance for freezing way into April, don't you? We'll be safe,probably, if we can get to April without a throw down ice or snow storm.The blossoms, especially the pear blossoms, look so strong, fresh and beautiful, and full of life and promise. They are powerful, yet so delicate, and made even more so by the still possible chance of a killing frost. Beautiful pictures, FoM. Thank you.Rejoice when there's something to rejoice about, and the sight in your pictures is, indeed, something to rejoice about.Never pass up a chance to rejoice and be thankful for all those chances.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on March 25, 2012 at 08:26:44 PT
You are blessed!
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on March 25, 2012 at 06:07:49 PT
I'm glad you liked the picture. This has been a beautiful year for blooming trees. We might get a killing frost in a day or so so the early blooming might be a real problem but they are so pretty now.I took this picture from my front porch.
Our Neighbor's Cherry Blossoms
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on March 24, 2012 at 18:54:37 PT
Pear Blossoms
That's just beautiful, FoM.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on March 24, 2012 at 16:10:06 PT

Just a Picture
Since Spring came so early this year everything is blooming and I had to take pictures. Here is just one of them.
Pear Blossoms
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Comment #15 posted by afterburner on March 24, 2012 at 09:14:08 PT

Glad Your Liked It
Here's another of my favorites:Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out
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Comment #14 posted by museman on March 24, 2012 at 08:23:24 PT

Gary Lewis and popular music
No,I guess he didn't play the keys, but I flat wore out that record -the LP- and hearing it again (not heard for a long long time) brought some tears. As one of the comments stated, not a lot of music like that around these days.But music, and its content is the pulse of a nations character.What is popular now, besides the same old music industry standards of unrequited teenage love, (albeit the modern 'language' and street slang is a bit crass and in my esteem kinda ugly) is a real good indication of the internal attitude and dysfunction that pervades our society.There's still some good music out there, but has anyone noticed how the best songs of our generation are still being listened to by the next?It all inspired me to become a musician/songwriter. In the parameters of what inspired me to do that -truth in music- I succeed as well as anyone -in creating the art. Its just the same BS standards of false values of mammon and false social positions of 'superiority and inferiority' that prevented artists like me from finding material support. In order to get it, you either have to be born with it, know someone who has it, or be some kind of prostitute, casting integrity and honor aside for the sake of money. In other words -ass-kissing. And the dictatorial means of the record producers to control the lyric and musical content is a really uninspiring situation.I gave up trying to get my music into the mainstream about 10 years ago when I turned 50. But though it gets more painful every time I play for more than an hour, music is a loyal mistress, and never ceases to offer me comfort.I still write songs, though sometimes I wonder why. And I just wrote another one for a 3D project I have been working on for about 3 years with Unkat (some might remember) whom I met right here on Cnews. I actually composed a song along more traditional 'industry acceptable' lines. When I an finished mastering it, I will link to it.thanx again afterburner.
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Comment #13 posted by museman on March 24, 2012 at 07:56:24 PT

Gary Lewis and the PlayBoys. Wow!I actually went out and bought that album and added it to my huge collection of 12 LPs! thru the infamous 'columbia record club'Not too many of our generation took him seriously because of his dad, but it was a pretty damn good band. I'm pretty sure he played the keys.I actually learned to play 'This Diamond Ring' -primitively on my sears silvertone I bought with a broken neck (and had to fix) for $5.Thanks for the nostalgic reminder.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on March 24, 2012 at 04:57:18 PT

My Contribution On This Beautiful Saturday Morning
I look at young people and have hope that they will see chasing money and acting like our country should be ruled by powerful pushy selfish people won't make this world a better place.Mama Cass Elliot - New World Coming
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 24, 2012 at 04:48:37 PT

Great song to wake up and hear. 
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on March 24, 2012 at 01:05:47 PT

Count Me In
Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Count Me In RocksLove PurrsLove ComfortsLove Cares
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on March 23, 2012 at 22:47:30 PT

Thanks to both of you, FoM and The GCW.
Love is the answer. No doubt. 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on March 23, 2012 at 18:17:50 PT

Thank you. I haven't heard that song in so many years. I look back and remember some of the special peaceful music and smile.
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on March 23, 2012 at 17:37:40 PT

Here's another one and it also by J. De S.What The World Needs Now (1965)
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on March 23, 2012 at 09:11:38 PT

This song came to mind. I will not change. I've made up my mind. I know you feel the same way I do! Love You Lady!!!Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (1969)
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on March 23, 2012 at 08:12:57 PT

I watch it, too, FoM.
That guy is a retired narc. I, too, noticed the attitude of his and the people on his side. They really hate because of people using the plant. They hate the people. They hate the plant. They hate "Potheads". I don't get it... the why of it... but I know it's hate. Once I was talking to someone like those guys, a die hard prohibitionist, about how I would like to use the plant, many years before all the very positive information about the plant was released. They were asking why I even wanted to use it. And I said, for one thing, it makes me happy. They sneered, "Why should you be happy? No one else is."
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 23, 2012 at 06:18:48 PT

I have been watching the series called American Weed about Fort Collins. The guy that fought and won to ban dispenaries and those who supported the law to ban dispensaries look sullen and not happy. Most of the people who wanted the dispensaries to stay know how to laugh and smile. I like to be around happy people not those that will bring me down. Just think how nice the world would be if we saw more happy people and Debbie Downers didn't try to wreck it all.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on March 22, 2012 at 19:26:45 PT

I'm sorry,
they are talking about a "drug" while the substance I'm interested in legalizing is a plant. Plant. Check the very 1st page of the Bible. Plant. It's not a race car, weapon of mass destruction, an insect, bottle opener, shoe sole etc. Cannabis is a plant.And, "prescribed"??? We don't prescribe roses, thyme, parsley, cigarettes, whiskey, SWATSTIKA, kisses, bath robes, thongs, hockey games, pets, station wagons, nail guns, machine guns, caulk guns, etc...I'm sorry, I don't understand why anyone wants to cage anyone for simply using a plant. Did the plant rape someones child, did it start a war in a foreign country? Did cannabis poop in a politiians pants or cause a casino to close early?Oh, it makes people feel good. Oh. I'm sorry, I don't understand and it seems wrong to treat responsible citizens who choose to use the plant so badly. Maybe cannabis prohibitionists are simply bad people and idiots at the same time. Now I understand it.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on March 22, 2012 at 13:46:32 PT

Feds to Boulder DA: Keeping marijuana away from schools a 'core responsibility' 
By Erica Meltzer, Camera Staff
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on March 22, 2012 at 06:21:26 PT

40 years of needless suffering
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