A bill legalizing marijuana for medical use was voted out of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee Tuesday.
The bill gives physicians the authority to write prescriptions that would permit their patients to grow marijuana indoors. The current bill does not provide for operation of marijuana dispensaries, as other states’ laws do, but some backers are considering a dispensary amendment.
The bill requires patients and primary caregivers to pay a $25 fee to register with the Department of Consumer Protection and makes it a misdemeanor to lie about using or transporting marijuana for medical use.
The final vote was 32-14 — with two Democrats voting against the bill — and now heads to he Senate for consideration.
Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.