Study: Cannabis Decriminalization Laws Work Without Increasing Youth Access

A recent study by Washington University found a significant drop in adult and youth cannabis arrests and no increase in cannabis use among youths in five states that adopted cannabis decriminalization laws between 2008 and 2014. A team of researchers from around the country compared federal arrests data and state youth risk surveys of Massachusetts, […]

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Connecticut Physicians Reject Opiate Withdrawal As MMJ Qualifying Condition

On Monday, Connecticut’s state medical marijuana board voted against a proposal to add opioid use disorder and opiate withdrawal as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis, the Hartford Courant reports. The proposal would have been one of the first in the country to clearly identify medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid addiction. The nine-member board, consisting […]

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Connecticut House Committee Advances Rec. Cannabis Bill

The Connecticut House Appropriations Committee has narrowly advanced a recreational cannabis bill, moving it to the floor which could consider the measure before the end of this year’s legislative session. The measure passed the committee 27-24. The measure would require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Chief State’s […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Connecticut Seeking Applications for 3 MMJ Dispensaries

Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is seeking applications for at least three new medical cannabis dispensaries by Apr. 9. Applicants are required to submit business plan information including organization structure, security plans, and compassionate care plans. “Our state’s Medical Marijuana Program is incredibly successful, and is growing rapidly. When there is a substantial increase in […]

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Hartford, Connecticut City Council Passes Pro-Legalization Resolution

The Hartford, Connecticut City Council has unanimously backed a resolution in favor of a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis market in the state, specifically urging state lawmakers to support the passage of such legislation. The resolution includes a directive for the city to conduct an economic impact study on legalization and language supporting racial equity […]

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Connecticut Court Allows MMJ Patient Lawsuit Against Prospective Employer to Continue

A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has rejected a request to dismiss a lawsuit against an employer who rescinded a job offer after the applicant, a registered medical cannabis patient in the state who suffers from post-traumatic stress-disorder, tested positive for cannabis on a drug screening. The employer Niantic Operating Company, doing business as […]

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Connecticut Dems Add Cannabis Revenue to Budget Proposal to Keep Issue Alive

Democratic lawmakers in Connecticut have included funds from a theoretical recreational cannabis program in their budget recommendation in an effort to spur conversation about legalization and how the industry could help balance the budget, according to a Hartford Courant report. The state’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis found that a legal model similar to Colorado […]

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Bill Imposing 6% MMJ Sales Tax in Conn. Strongly Opposed at Hearing

Connecticut lawmakers are considering adding a 6 percent sales tax to medical cannabis products, but the plan didn’t gain much traction during a public hearing on Friday, according to a report from CTNewsJunkie. Patients in the state already pay $100 annually to register with the program and an average of $150 for an annual medical […]

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Connecticut Lawmakers Debate Legalizing Recreational Cannabis During Committee Meeting

Connecticut legislators debated legalizing cannabis for adult use in front of the General Assembly’s public health committee yesterday but found only disagreement, the Connecticut Post reports. As usual, opponents stuck to the usual prohibitionist talking points and pointed to recent comments from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as justification […]

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Connecticut to Begin Accepting MMJ Research Applications

Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection will begin accepting research application on Oct. 1 that would allow approved hospitals, growers, universities, and dispensaries to conduct medical cannabis research, the Hartford Courant reports. The research would supplement the limited federal research on the palliative effects of the plant. The plan is included with recent reforms to the […]

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Connecticut Dispensary Opens for Business in Milford

Connecticut’s eighth medical marijuana dispensary opened in Milford despite concerns from residents about its location in a residential area, WTNH News 8 reports. The Southern Connecticut Wellness and Healing LLC dispensary is the first of two that will operate in the city. Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake opposed the dispensary site when it was announced, saying […]

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New England: The Next U.S. Region to Embrace Legalization

Though the west coast has had a lock on U.S. cannabis culture for some time, the tides are turning nationwide, and it’s due time for some representation from America’s birthplace. On the whole, New England is shaping up to be a promising locale for cannabis. Its growing medical marijuana industry includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, […]

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MMJ Sales Launched This Week in Connecticut

This week marks the opening of Connecticut’s medical marijuana market, nearly two years following the passage of a medical marijuana initiative that made Connecticut the 17th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. The first crop of medicine was grown by Theraplant, the state’s first licensed producer, and was shipped to the state’s six licensed dispensaries on Monday. […]

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