CONNECTICUT: After long years of debate and fine-tuning of the rules, Connecticut medical marijuana dispensaries are starting to open for business, including the Thames Valley Alternative Relief dispensary on Route 32 in Montville.
This newspaper supported the legalization of medical marijuana after years of testimony from patients who said no other drug provided them the relief they sought from various medical problems. Others testified they could function while using marijuana, but not when taking the powerful pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for them.
Also, a growing number of physicians and researchers in the medical community have recognized the palliative influences of taking marijuana.
In an attempt to learn from mistakes in other states, Connecticut allows marijuana to be legally purchased only from a few licensed dispensaries. Patients need certification from a physician and doctors can only prescribe marijuana for a limited number of maladies. These include cancer, glaucoma, wasting syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, spasticity, Crohn’s Disease and PTSD. Other states have placed few, if any, restrictions on the types of illnesses for which doctors can prescribe marijuana, leading to near de facto legalization.