Court: Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Does Not Justify Workplace Discrimination Against State-Qualified Patients

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CONNECTICUT: A federal district court judge has determined that marijuana’s illicit status under federal law does not preempt statewide protections explicitly prohibiting qualified medical cannabis patients from facing discrimination in the workplace. The defendant in the case, Bride Brook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, argued that marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug under the US Controlled Substances Read the full article…

Connecticut Cops Told To Prepare For Legal Recreational Marijuana

Bridgeport police Chief Joseph Gaudett said he has “a feeling” that the state is heading toward full recreational use of marijuana for adults.

CONNECTICUT: — Robert Ticer is no fan of legalized recreational marijuana. And the Avon, Colo., police chief said Thursday that more pot in Connecticut’s future would increase challenges for cops on this state’s roads. “It’s mind-boggling,” he said of marijuana’s spread through Colorado, speaking at the Webster Bank Arena as part of a traffic safety summit. “It’s crazy.” Full legalization Read the full article…

Connecticut Gets 19 Proposals For New Dispensaries

“We think we had a great response,” Jonathan Harris, the department’s commissioner, said. “We have a healthy pool from which to do our analysis and make an appropriate selection of up to three.”

CONNECTICUT: Off of news that the state would be adding as many as three new medical cannabis dispensaries, 19 different groups have submitted proposals to be part of the potential expansion. No details on who the applicants are or where the proposed dispensaries would be located have been released. Many speculate they will be located in the Read the full article…

Feds Should Legalize Hemp Farming, Too

Should an enterprising Connecticut farmer legally plant a field of industrial hemp, federal agents could swoop in and pull up the (harmless) plants.

CONNECTICUT:  Federal authorities are way behind the bush on dealing with hemp, but an increasing number of states, now including Connecticut, have it right. The General Assembly passed a bill this spring that legalizes industrial hemp. Hemp can now be grown, used and sold here. This is good news, because hemp is a remarkably versatile Read the full article…

New Connecticut Law In Effect July 1 Legalizes Hemp Farming: 1st Step To Nullify Federal Ban In Practice

Starting July 1 , industrial hemp will essentially be treated like other plants, such as tomatoes, by government officials in Connecticut.

CONNECTICUT:  July 1 a new law takes effect removing the ban on industrial hemp farming in Connecticut, setting the stage to nullify in practice the federal prohibition on the same. Introduced by State Reps. Melissa Ziobron (R-34) and Aundré Bumgardner (R-41), House Bill 5780 (HB5780) opens the door for a full-scale commercial hemp market in the state Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Patient Rolls Grow 13 Percent

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CONNECTICUT:  The number of Connecticut residents registered to buy medical marijuana grew 13 percent in the most recent quarter, the state Department of Consumer Protection said Tuesday. As of June 5, there were 4,097 registered patients, who must have at least one of 17 health conditions to be eligible. That was up from 3,635 on Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana: More Patients, More Products, Low Profile

The state may add more conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana

CONNECTICUT:  Halfway through its first year, the state’s medical marijuana program has about 3,600 registered Connecticut residents, more than doubling from last fall — but still far below 20,000, by one manufacturer’s estimate, who could be served by existing medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries. Manufacturers are shipping a growing number of products to dispensaries. The Read the full article…

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Allowing Medical Marijuana For Children

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate the age restriction on medical marijuana.

CONNECTICUT:  Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate the age restriction on medical marijuana. Several parents and their young children recently testified before lawmakers in Hartford on the need to remove the 18-year-old age restriction, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported. The Judiciary Committee is now considering the bill. Rep. William Tong, the panel’s Read the full article…

Lawyer Cited After Dropping Bag Of Marijuana In Court

An attorney appearing in court on behalf of a client was cited for possession after dropping a two ounce bag of marijuana on the floor.

CONNECTICUT:  An attorney appearing in court on behalf of a client was cited for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana after a bag of marijuana fell from his back pocket in the courtroom, state police said. Vincent J. Fazzone, 46, was issued a citation Tuesday afternoon, police said. Earlier in the day, Fazzone Read the full article…

Two Bills Raise Possibility Of Recreational Marijuana In Connecticut

Two bills have been proposed to the Connecticut legislature that would legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana.

CONNECTICUT:  Two bills proposed to the Connecticut legislature would legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana, bringing the state in line with similar efforts underway throughout New England. Although the bills are short of details, their sponsors hope they will start a new conversation about marijuana, built from the state’s decriminalization of marijuana in 2011 and Read the full article…