The senate in Connecticut legalizes marijuana for medical purposes, making it the 17th state, in addition to Washington D.C. to do so. The drug is still prohibited on the federal level and this new law is said to have provisions to prevent abuse.
"Under the bill, patients and their caregivers must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. In addition, their doctors must certify there is a medical need for marijuana to be dispensed, like in the case of debilitating diseases like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy," reports Gawker.
Now, this means that marijuana is only legal for medical reasons and users must have a card prescribed by their doctor. This does not allow every Tim, Don and Harry to roll up a joint and smoke it recreationally. This could come in the future, of course.
Connecticut legalizes marijuana and it is hoped that other states will soon follow and allow those in medical need to reap the medical benefits of THC. Perhaps, after states have all legalized it for medical purposes, the government will see that this substance should just be legal all around. The government could certainly use the associated tax revenue.