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Connecticut Senate OKs Medical Marijuana

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. - Gov. Dannel Malloy says he "looks forward" to signing the bill permitting the use of medical marijuana in Connecticut.

"There are thousands of people in Connecticut who will likely benefit from this legislation as they struggle with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses," Malloy said of the bill passed by the state Senate Friday. The bill has also been approved by the state House and now awaits the governor's signature.

The state's Department of Consumer Protection will closely regulate the use of medical marijuana "in order to avoid the problems encountered in some other states," Malloy said.

"We don’t want Connecticut to follow the path pursued by some other states, which essentially would legalize marijuana for anyone willing to find the right doctor and get the right prescription," Malloy said. "This legislation is about accomplishing one objective: providing relief to those with severe medical illnesses."

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