Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.
For our Northeastern neighbor, it's a shame 4/20 was two weeks ago.
This morning, after 10 hours of debate, the Connecticut Senate voted 21 to 13
on a bill that will legalize marijuana for medical usage. After already being cleared in the House, the "green" legislation heads to the desk of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He is expected to sign off on his state becoming the 16th in the nation (don't forget about D.C., too) to put pot in the hands of pharmacists with "special licenses."
In response to the recent DEA flip-flop
on enforcement by Obama's Justice Department, legislators treaded lightly in the writing of the bill in an effort to qualm any conflicts that may arise with the federal agency. In other words, Connecticut does not
want to be the next California.
Here's how the system will work:
Anyone interested in acquiring the medical marijuana must report through with the Department of Consumer Protection first. Then, according to Reuters, patients must exhibit
symptoms to doctors of "debilitating diseases, like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy."
The serious tone of the necessary conditions exemplifies the fear of federal authority (talk about Big Government). No excuses like "my neck hurts" or "I can't concentrate" here. That awkward relationship and terminology isn't stopping the steamrolling, though. As of April 11th, 12 states' medical marijuana bills are still pending
, including New York.
But, for now, New Yorkers can just hop on the Metro North if they get a craving for a little decriminalization.