Early Saturday the Connecticut Senate passed a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana in the state. The measure already passed the state House and now awaits the approval of Governor Dannel Malloy. Malloy has indicated he will sign the bill into the law. If that happens, Connecticut will join the District of Columbia and sixteen other states in the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.
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.
Alcohol has much more potential than marijuana to cause impairment as well as damage to the human body yet we put people in jail for marijuana use while we talk about presidents we would like to have a beer with. I’m not giving a thumbs up to the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, I’m simply saying people should be allowed to make that decision for themselves. Tax it, regulate it, but stop putting people in jail for it.
All the arguments against legalization of marijuana could be made against alcohol, yet alcohol remains legal, as it should. It’s time that the federal government stopped living in the past and stop spending time and money policing and incarcerating people for the use of marijuana.