Marijuana Businesses Prepare for New State Law

Connecticut's medical marijuana law goes into effect in October and potential dispensaries are gearing up.

With Connecticut’s soon to be on the books, businesses are preparing to set up dispensaries in the state. The law will bring a whole new industry to the state, and the Associated Press talked to one company owner who expects it to be a robust business.

‘‘We expect competition to be fierce,’’ Bruce Bedrick, head of Medbox Inc., reportedly said. ‘‘As much as I want to be in the business, a lot of other people will be in the business.’’

Under the law, patients must receive a doctor’s note to be able to use the drug and register with the Department of Consumer Protection. The patient and his or her primary caregiver can hold up to a one-month supply of marijuana, according a  after he signed the law.

Malloy said that the law offers these “safeguards.”

  • Unlike California and several other states, patients must have both a physician’s recommendation and a registration form from the Department of Consumer Protection, which is shared with law enforcement.
  • Medical marijuana cannot be used in any public place, near children under the age of 18, in buses or other motor vehicles, on school grounds, nor in college dormitories.
  • A panel of doctors selected by the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection will determine how much marijuana may be possessed by patients, depending on the type of illness involved.
  • Medical marijuana can only be sold legally by registered pharmacists who have been approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection, and those pharmacists can only sell marijuana that is produced by special licensed growers. Approved marijuana will be packaged in the same way as prescription drugs according to dosage.
  • Doctors recommending marijuana will be carefully monitored through the existing Prescription Monitoring Program in order to identify those who demonstrate a pattern of excessive recommendation of medical marijuana.

Paul Petrone contributed to this report.

Mary June 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Its about time they passed this. So many people suffer that this will help. I just don't want us to follow in the footsteps of Calif. That is out of control
Mark June 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I use approximately 1 Oz. per month which is 28 grams. (Epilepsy) Approx 1 gram per day,dependent on strength. I cannot wait to see the size of _that_ prescription bottle. Marijuana is a very helpful substance. Did you know that George Washington said this: "Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." And the residue in a few of his pipes was not only tobacco....if it was good enough for him and for the millions that used it for many reasons other than recreationally before him _Why_ is it so evil today?


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