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Marijuana Businesses Prepare for New State Law

Connecticut's medical marijuana law goes into effect in October and potential dispensaries are gearing up.

With Connecticut’s soon to take effect, businesses are preparing to set up dispensaries in the state. 

The law will bring a whole new industry to the state, and the Associated Press talked to one company owner who expects it to be a robust business.

 ‘‘We expect competition to be fierce,’’ Bruce Bedrick, head of Medbox Inc., told the AP. ‘‘As much as I want to be in the business, a lot of other people will be in the business.’’

Under the law, patients must receive a doctor’s note to be able to use the drug and register with the Department of Consumer Protection. The patient and his or her primary caregiver can hold up to a one-month supply of marijuana, according a  after he signed the law.

Malloy said that the law offers these “safeguards.”

  • Unlike California and several other states, patients must have both a physician’s recommendation and a registration form from the Department of Consumer Protection, which is shared with law enforcement.
  • Medical marijuana cannot be used in any public place, near children under the age of 18, in buses or other motor vehicles, on school grounds, nor in college dormitories.
  • A panel of doctors selected by the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection will determine how much marijuana may be possessed by patients, depending on the type of illness involved.
  • Medical marijuana can only be sold legally by registered pharmacists who have been approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection, and those pharmacists can only sell marijuana that is produced by special licensed growers.  Approved marijuana will be packaged in the same way as prescription drugs according to dosage.
  • Doctors recommending marijuana will be carefully monitored through the existing Prescription Monitoring Program to identify those who demonstrate a pattern of excessive recommendation of medical marijuana.

Paul Petrone contributed to this report.

Hope Rice October 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
By making pot legal, I worry that our kids will have another reason to believe that it is not harmful. They do not need another reason to experiment and enjoy the mind altering substance that apparently occurs when it is smoked. If it isn't addictive how do you explain the comments made by so many that they have been using it for x number of years and trying to rationalize the reasons. Reminds me of my crowd when we were smoking cigarettes and destroying our health, yet looking back after we have managed to break this dirty habit you realize just how foolish you must have sounded. It was peer pressure that persuaded us to begin smoking, and peer pressure to make up stop. Wish the same could be done with pot, instead of waving the carrot in front of our young kids. The same drug pushers who are selling pot more than likely are selling the more intense drugs to our kids and can put them in touch with those who make a lot of money doing it. I am sad and disappointed that our young people have to wade through all of this claptrap.
Ben Rodriguez October 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
MJ for medicinal purposes is a good thing. If I'm dying of cancer I'll try anything, it's about time government allowed this. What's funny, people who are against it talk of the good old days when we banned pot and let alcohol and tobacco be sold, both of which account for too many health related diseases to count. I don't believe in taxing everything but either ban bad things or don't. Don't pick and choose randomly without facts.
Andrew Ziemba October 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Alcohol and Cigarettes are 10x worse for you and are more easily accessible to teens. Why are they legal? For the same reason marijuana should be legal, because people want to use it and laws won't stop rampant use.
Hope Rice October 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
An intelligent and common sense post, Ann C. Jett...If any food on the market caused as much death and disease as alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs, that food would be removed from the shelves immediately.
James Bond October 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Bong sales just doubled

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