HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislation that would allow Connecticut adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes continued Friday to move its way through the legislature, easily clearing a key committee.
The General Assembly's Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee on Friday passed the proposal 36-to-15. It now moves to the House of Representatives for further action.
Republican Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton, a vocal opponent, proposed several amendments that would create accounts to help pay for everything from enforcement to addiction programs, but all failed.
The bill proposes a system for licensing medical marijuana producers, dispensing the drug, and registering qualified patients.
Advocates are hopeful this could be the year that the legalization proposal will pass the legislature and be signed into law. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, supports the concept.