passed a medical marijuana bill, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) said that he intends to sign it. Connecticut will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting the use of medical marijuana. Malloy said that the law includes tight regulations to "avoid the problems encountered in some other states":
Under the legislation, marijuana would be sold in multiple forms at dispensaries, which must have a licensed pharmacist on staff. It would be marketed only to patients authorized to use it. The measure also outlines diseases that would be treated by the drug, establishes a registry for patients and caregivers and restricts cultivating the plant to growers with permits.
"Experience has shown that having statewide structures in place makes it easier for everyone to understand what the rules really are," said Alan Shackelford, who serves on a state advisory work group for medical marijuana in Colorado and helped advise Connecticut lawmakers on their proposal.