Connecticut to become the 17th medical marijuana state!
Early Saturday morning, after a 10-hour debate, the Connecticut Senate approved HB 5389 in a 21-13 vote. Gov. Dannel Malloy promptly said he would sign the bill.
The bulk of HB 5389 — which passed the House on April 25 — will go into effect on October 1. Then, qualifying patients will be able to obtain temporary registrations to possess marijuana.
To qualify, a patient must have a doctor’s written certification and one of the following conditions: glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage causing spasms, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease, PTSD, or a condition added by the Department of Consumer Protection.
HB 5389 provides for access through licensed dispensaries, which only pharmacists will be allowed to file applications for. Dispensaries may obtain marijuana from licensed producers, who will pay an application fee of at least $25,000.
This victory follows years of hard work from organizations, seriously ill patients, legislators, and advocates. Congratulations to everyone who made it possible!