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Conn. lawmakers approve medical marijuana regs

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut is the latest state to enact a medical marijuana program.

By a voice vote, the General Assembly's Regulation Review Committee on Tuesday approved wide-ranging regulations that spell out the details of the new system. While there were some nay votes, no tally was taken.

Some cheers erupted in the audience after the regulations were declared approved.

The panel reclassified marijuana by a voice vote, moving it from a drug with no medical purpose to one that has a medical purpose but has potential for abuse and needs to be controlled.

Some committee members who originally opposed the underlying medical marijuana legislation expressed concerns about enacting regulations for a program that would be at odds with federal drug laws.

At the same time, they praised the regulations for their completeness.


Members of the committee include New Milford state Senator Clark Chapin and Representative Arthur O'Neill, whose district includes Bridgewater, and Southbury.  Chapin voted for the bill when he was in the state House and O'Neill voted against it.

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