NY and CT Move Closer to Jersey-style Medical Marijuana

July 27th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

7/26/2011 – Medical marijuana legislation is nothing new to New York or Connecticut. A serious push was seen in Hartford earlier this year and Albany has considered bills for over a decade. Despite considerable public support and a growing choir of patient voices, neither state has passed a law. Now, statements from New Jersey’s conservative Governor Chris Christie have elected officials in NY and CT looking at their future cannabis options.

Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont  have working medical cannabis programs and even some open dispensaries. But Gov. Christie was a federal prosecutor for seven years prior to being elected governor. During a July 19th press conference about medical marijuana he offered an insightful discussion of the various “intersections” between state and federal laws.

It is important to note that NY and CT are considering very narrow and limited bills, modeled after New Jersey.

The Hartford Advocate reported on 7/25

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Connecticut kind of withered away in the 2011 General Assembly, never reaching a vote in the state House or Senate. The bill’s supporters say the intense focus on state budget problems and concerns about how to grow and regulate medical pot created roadblocks for a bill similar to one that passed and was vetoed by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell several years ago.

Gov. Dannel Malloy supports legalizing medical marijuana in Connecticut. His top criminal justice adviser, Michael Lawlor, says he expects new legislation modeled on

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