This Could Be the Year for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-RI)
There is a decent chance that Connecticut will finally approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes this year. Yesterday Connecticut House Bill 5389 received a public hearing in the state House Judiciary Committee and many of the law’s sponsors think it has a good chance of being approved this year. From the New Haven Register (to read more about the hearing):

Medical marijuana supporters gathered at the capitol Wednesday to advocate for legalization of a drug they say is their only option and, according to several legislators, the bill may pass this session.

“For some reason, even though this is a short session, I think this is the year,” Enfield Republican state Sen. John Kissel said.

Several times in the past Connecticut has come close to approving a medical marijuana law but so far has come up short. In 2007, the legislature even approved a medical marijuana bill but it was ultimately killed by a veto from then Republican Governor Mary Jodi Rell.

Now that Connecticut has a more marijuana reform friendly governor, Democrat Dannel Malloy, there is a good chance HB 5389 will be both approved and signed into law. Last year Malloy signed into law a marijuana decriminalization bill and in the past stated that he supports the general concept of medical marijuana.

This Could Be the Year for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-RI)
There is a decent chance that Connecticut will finally approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes this year. Yesterday Connecticut House Bill 5389 received a public hearing in the state House Judiciary Committee and many of the law’s sponsors think it has a good chance of being approved this year. From the New Haven Register (to read more about the hearing):

Medical marijuana supporters gathered at the capitol Wednesday to advocate for legalization of a drug they say is their only option and, according to several legislators, the bill may pass this session.

“For some reason, even though this is a short session, I think this is the year,” Enfield Republican state Sen. John Kissel said.

Several times in the past Connecticut has come close to approving a medical marijuana law but so far has come up short. In 2007, the legislature even approved a medical marijuana bill but it was ultimately killed by a veto from then Republican Governor Mary Jodi Rell.

Now that Connecticut has a more marijuana reform friendly governor, Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, there is a good chance HB 5389 will be both approved and signed into law.  Last year Malloy signed into law a marijuana decriminalization bill and in the past stated that he supports the general concept of medical marijuana.