Chronically ill children in Connecticut should soon be able to safely access medical marijuana.
A bill to provide seriously ill children with medicine recently passed the state’s Senate and House legislators. Governor Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the bill into law at any moment.
Connecticut has had medical cannabis since 2012, but dispensaries began gradually opening last year and the state’s young patients in need still remain without safe access.
When Governor Malloy gives his signature to this bill, children suffering from severe forms epilepsy, like the debilitating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, will be finally able to legally access cannabis rich oils (CBD) to help deal treat persistent pain. To gain a prescription for cannabis, two doctors would have to give each child a prescription.
However, minors in Connecticut won’t be smoking up any time soon: kids will only be allowed liquid forms of marijuana.
Pennsylvania is feeling sweet today as the Keystone State has officially become America’s 24th medical marijuana state!
As expected, Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that makes medical marijuana law in the Keystone State. The bill allows medical marijuana prescribed for 17 illnesses including epilepsy, cancer, and Multiple Sclerosis, but like in New York, does not permit patients to smoke dried cannabis flowers. Instead, patients will ingest cannabis in concentrated forms like capsules, vaporized oils or liquid tinctures.
The state expects it could take as long as two years for Pennsylvania’s new law to result in a regulated retail system with licensed dispensaries. That delay is unfortunate, but Pennsylvania’s many medical marijuana patients can take solace knowing that relief is on the way. Here’s what the pro-cannabis governor had to say about this monumental bill:
Clearly, Governor Wolf represents the kind of forward-thinking legislator who understands the need for safe access in his state. Most notably, Pennsylvania’s new law will bring relief to its many epileptic patients that campaigned for the change and shed tears last week when the House approved this bill.
On a national scale, this news means America remains just one state away from reaching the “half of the country now has medical marijuana” tipping point. Every East Coast state north of Virginia now has some form of medical marijuana law in place.
Florida should add to that tally come November while hopefully the Carolinas and Virginia aren’t too far behind.