08 May 2012

connecticut to become 17th medical marijuana state

via: twitter @HIGH_TIMES_Mag


by Mark Miller

Mon, May 07, 2012 5:51 pm

The Connecticut Senate effectively legalized medical marijuana in the state by passing House Bill 5389 in the early morning hours Saturday following a 10-hour overtime session described as “passionate” by the Hartford Courant. The Connecticut House of Representatives passed the bill in late April.

Governor Dannel Malloy (D) praised the bill’s passage and has stated that he fully intends to sign it, which would make Connecticut the 17th state in the U.S. to have legalized medical marijuana. Including the District of Columbia, that’s 18 out of 51 states/districts in the nation, meaning more than a third of the country now has legal medicinal cannabis.

HB 5389 passed by a 21-13 vote at 2:35 a.m. local time. The extended session was primarily due to the filibustering of State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), who reportedly lectured on the dangers of medical marijuana (she views it as both highly addictive and a gateway drug) for over eight hours in voicing her opposition.

But in the end, compassion and logic won out over propaganda and scare tactics, with Boucher’s attempts to have the bill amended to restrict it even further being voted down as well. ~ read more