Lawmakers Resurrect Bill To Allow MMJ Use 

  Lawmakers Resurrect Bill To Allow MMJ Use 

Posted by CN Staff on March 21, 2007 at 16:09:18 PT
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press Writer 
Source: Associated Press 

Hartford, Conn. -- A move to legalize marijuana for people suffering from certain medical problems cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday, giving hope to those who've been pushing for the bill for several years. The Judiciary Committee voted 31-8 in favor of the legislation. This year's version would allow residents, 18-years-old and older, with a debilitating medical condition diagnosed by a physician, to cultivate and use marijuana to relieve the symptoms of their disease.
Patients with written certification from their physician to use the illegal drug must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, the committee's co-chairman, said the bill is an attempt to be compassionate to people suffering from illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, but to respect Connecticut's drug laws. "On balance, I think this bill takes into account the concerns of everybody," he said. The legislation needs approval from at least one more committee before it moves to the full legislature. Wednesday's action comes as television talk show host Montel Williams is expected to appear at the state Capitol Friday to back the bill. Williams uses marijuana to treat the symptoms of his multiple sclerosis. A Better Way Foundation, a Connecticut-based organization lobbying for changes in drug policy, is organizing Williams' appearance. Rep. Arthur O'Neill, R-Southbury, opposed the bill on Wednesday. He said the federal government has classified marijuana as a drug with no therapeutic benefit. But O'Neill expressed frustration that authorities have agreed not to prosecute people living in the 11 states where medical marijuana is legal. "I feel somewhat put upon as a legislator in the state of Connecticut to have to sort of stand up for a system that the federal government itself seems reluctant to stand up for," O'Neill said. Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, said it will ultimately be up to the medical community to decide whether to recommend marijuana to patients. "Why not try this," he asked. "If any one of us was in that situation, it would be very difficult to search our souls and say no." In the bill, qualifying patients would be limited to growing no more than four marijuana plants, each having a maximum height of four feet. The plants must be grown in a secure, indoor facility. The debilitating medical conditions covered by the bill include cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord, epilepsy, cachexia or wasting syndrome. Complete Title: Lawmakers Resurrect Bill To Allow Medical Use of Marijuana Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Susan Haigh, Associated Press WriterPublished:  March 21, 2007Copyright: 2007 Associated Press CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on March 23, 2007 at 03:36:04 PT
Thanks, whig! I needed that.Toke.
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Comment #7 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 11:28:54 PT
can I pass to anyone?
Who else wants a toke? :)
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Comment #6 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 11:26:33 PT
Galactic alignment. The whole thing is alive, dude.
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Comment #5 posted by Toker00 on March 22, 2007 at 03:53:47 PT
What I MEANT to say was:
Maybe it's a 360' pendulum, not a 180' pendulum...of COURSE it is a gravity pendulum, too. Sheesh.Toke. 
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on March 22, 2007 at 03:34:10 PT
Human Central
Ever notice how throughout History governments have been either far right or far left with the exceptions of societies who embraced Cannabis? Those societies became peaceful and non-violent.(Jesus Christ) These (maybe cultures would be the better word) societies were ultimately overthrown by either Left or Right swinging governments. Maybe the pendulum of Time has swung it's allotted times left and right. Maybe it's time for the pendulum to rest for a while in the Center. Cannabis can ground us ALL in the Center, or Perfect Balance. Perhaps it isn't even a gravity pendulum, but rather a circular pendulum that is on it's last revolution before it balances at the TOP. Perfect Balance. Just thinking.Toke. 
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on March 21, 2007 at 18:25:59 PT
Any politician that isn't receptive to 9/11 Truth should be ousted. That is the only way we can take our country back.THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN..Police Harass 9/11 Truthers Outside ABC Studios: CIA official supports Professor's claim that official 9/11 Islamist conspiracy theory are lies:"Rescue Me" Star Daniel Sunjata Supports 9/11 Truth: brings 9-11 truth to end the war protest: So Blind - A Lament:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 17:13:59 PT
Slow and steady can be a good thing. 
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Comment #1 posted by OverwhelmSam on March 21, 2007 at 17:05:11 PT

Good Deal
I estimate that at least three states will change their laws to allow the medical use of marijuana this year.
On another note, not enough people at the federal and state legislatures got fired last election. The majority should get kicked out in November 2008. Is Senator Sensenbrenner up for re-election in 2008?Marijuana prohibitionists who support the federal marijuana laws are getting their butts kicked all over the place. I'm lovin' it!

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