Marijuana Businesses Prepare for New State Law

Connecticut's medical marijuana law goes into effect in October and potential dispensaries are gearing up.

With Connecticut’s soon to take effect, businesses are preparing to set up dispensaries in the state. 

The law will bring a whole new industry to the state, and the Associated Press talked to one company owner who expects it to be a robust business.

 ‘‘We expect competition to be fierce,’’ Bruce Bedrick, head of Medbox Inc., told the AP. ‘‘As much as I want to be in the business, a lot of other people will be in the business.’’

Under the law, patients must receive a doctor’s note to be able to use the drug and register with the Department of Consumer Protection. The patient and his or her primary caregiver can hold up to a one-month supply of marijuana, according a  after he signed the law.

Malloy said that the law offers these “safeguards.”

  • Unlike California and several other states, patients must have both a physician’s recommendation and a registration form from the Department of Consumer Protection, which is shared with law enforcement.
  • Medical marijuana cannot be used in any public place, near children under the age of 18, in buses or other motor vehicles, on school grounds, nor in college dormitories.
  • A panel of doctors selected by the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection will determine how much marijuana may be possessed by patients, depending on the type of illness involved.
  • Medical marijuana can only be sold legally by registered pharmacists who have been approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection, and those pharmacists can only sell marijuana that is produced by special licensed growers.  Approved marijuana will be packaged in the same way as prescription drugs according to dosage.
  • Doctors recommending marijuana will be carefully monitored through the existing Prescription Monitoring Program to identify those who demonstrate a pattern of excessive recommendation of medical marijuana.

Paul Petrone contributed to this report.

Harry Sawyer June 25, 2012 at 08:27 AM
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan
Olive3 June 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM
What an accurate and bold quote. What is happening to us?
Bill June 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The inmates are running the asylum, at the same time we are making it easier to smoke pot, for your health, we are making it harder to smoke tobacco, for your health.
David Moelling June 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Atl least they don't say "It's for the Children"
king of we ha June 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Forward progress is a good sign. Malloy is doing well.
Ann C. Jett June 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I wonder how long it will take before the first case of fraud regarding procurement or dispensing comes to light. One thing about the medical marijuana use argument that has always perplexed me is that in school and in various PSAs, the message is pot destroys brain cells. So is the argument that if you're sick enough to need medical marijuana to relieve side effects of treatment and symptoms of your illness, it's OK for your brain to be affected?
Spiff June 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Malloy is doing well? Well, King, I can see you've already started smokin' the ganja! Malloy is a scumbag to the Nth degree!
king of we ha June 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Spiff, explain why and how Malloy is a 'scumbag'? And Ann, marijuana does not destroy brain cells.
Spiff June 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Because he is a liar and a thief! He ran on the promise that he would balance the budget using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and then goes ahead and uses his smoke and mirror accounting tricks to "balance" the budget (and I use that term loosely because the budget really isn't balanced). Because he acts like some Robin Hood type who is looking out for the working person then he passes the largest tax increase in state history where CT residents are now taxed more on average than residents of any other state in the country, and that's a fact (refer to attached link below)! If he cared about working people he would actually try to let them keep the money they EARNED (or at least as much of it as possible). Because he's an egotistical narcissist who actually cares more about his political party than the people he is supposed to represent. Need I continue, king of we ha, 'cause I could go on and on for quite a while! (Don't forget to access link below.) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_113611.html
Marty Salvatore June 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Pot should be as legal as alcohol or tobacco. It's an entirely untapped industry that would put people to work. Look how big the tobacco industry is and how many people make a living off of it. Same goes for the alcohol industry. My dad worked for RJ Reynolds most of his life and it put food on the table and my siblings and I through school. Why not, you know, CREATE SOME JOBS?! This bogus "morality" argument is absurd when these other industries are allowed (rightfully, mind you) to thrive. Show me one shred of evidence that legalized pot would be MORE harmful to society than legalized tobacco or alcohol. The real harm to society comes from pot being ILLEGAL. Presently, law enforcement arrests a marijuana smoker every 45 seconds! Marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers at least $7.5 billion annually. This statistic ALONE should get people like Spiff up in arms! So why doesn't it? We have an opportunity in this country to not only SAVE taxpayer money, and at the same time put hundreds of thousands of people to work. For us to continue with the same old status quo is the REAL criminal action.
Spiff June 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Up in arms I tell you!!! OK Marty, you claim not to be some long haired hippie type, yeah, right! I picture you sittin' in your bean bag chair, insense burning in the corner, while you, Cheech and Chong pass the bong back and forth! ;)
Marty Salvatore June 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Bro! I just hooked up my dark light and hung some new day-glow posters on my wall. You should come chill and we can listen to Dark Side while watching The Wizard of Oz. It'll blow your mind...
sean June 27, 2012 at 01:04 AM
@Ann C. Jett It has been proven over and over again that Marijuana does not cause brain damage. Seriously. It is one of the safest substance known to mankind.
Harry Sawyer June 27, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Again, you should of voted Ron Paul! He wanted to legalize the use of all drugs. It's YOUR body. It's YOUR choice!! HELLO!?!?!?!??!?
Steven Johnston June 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM
OK Ann. You are obvioulsly a doctor. I would like you're opinion of Chemo? You are injected with poison which is incredibly harmful. Should that be stopped? Using your logic there would be few treatments available for most sicknesses.
Spiff June 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Ann C. Jett June 27, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Mr. Johnston, never claimed to be a doctor. Perhaps you may want to re-read my post as it in no way reads as a medical opinion. It would be great to have a doctor opine on this subject - as a few of us are trying to have an adult, civilized conversation. Since the previous information was obviously wrong and cannibis has no ill-effects on the brain, why all the hub bub in the past? Must be propaganda started by parents back in the '60s that were "square". If there is anyone reading this thread who had a factual medically-based opinion on the effects of use of pot, it would be interesting to read. "King of Ha", it would be great if you could provide factually based information to support your statement. I'd be very interested. But at this point, the thread has disintegrated into some juvenile commentary. I'd be interested in actual facts. Mr. Sawyer - I don't even know which side your comment reflects.
GregoryRobertSamuels June 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM
“Reagan taught us that deficits don't matter”. Dick Cheney
Marty Salvatore June 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
"The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 made possession or transfer of cannabis illegal throughout the United States under federal law." Pot was illegal WELL before the 60s. Because of its illegal status, it is very difficult to conduct any kind of medical or scientific studies. It just so happens that the Timber Lobby held quite a bit of sway back in the 1930s. One of the biggest threats to the Timber Industry? Hemp. There is quite a bit of information out there about the correlation between the two. You can make fabric from hemp. Paper. Rope. Clothing. And it is WAY more efficient a plant than trees or cotton because it grows like, well, a WEED. There are PLENTY of studies out there that show the ill effects of tobacco and alcohol use. Why is there such a double-standard?
Andrew Ziemba June 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Reagan, a great man who was warped by Washington... He grandfathered the Neocon movement. There were such high hopes for him... Ron Paul 2012.
Andrew Ziemba June 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Legalize it 100%. There should be no taxes on it. You should be able to buy and sell it like any other item that you can buy retail. What a silly game we still play in this country. "Yeah you are allowed to use it, well only for medical reasons and only in some states." "But why is alcohol legal if it is 10x more harmful?" "Silence!" I have never used it, I just believe in freedom and liberty. I also believe in defending the minority, because mob rule is dangerous to freedom and liberty. oops I guess I am a nut job. Ron Paul 2012
Stefanie June 29, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Yeah, brain damage.. Right. It doesn't destroy brain cells. I know someone who graduated in the Health Care Profession smoking pot regularly, barely studied for exams and passed them, AND THEY ALSO made the Dean's list. Explain that one.
Ann C. Jett June 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Marty - I'm well-aware that marijuana was illegal way before the '60s. Reefer, pot, weed, mary jane, et. al., I get it. Stefanie - can't explain it. Like I said, I'm not a doctor. My point is for years we've been taught that use does cause brain damage. What I'm reading here is OPINION that it does not. I do not have a medical background therefore, that I why I open the discussion to include any factual or medically-based opinion that supports the opinion that it does not. I can't produce any documentation or report that it DOES cause brain damage. As far as the argument that alcohol is worse, if you open your mind and consider the facts, Prohibition wasn't that far out in left field. Supporters were trying to keep what they felt at the time was a substance which could lead to addiction, negatively impact health, judgment and lives all together. It is a reasonble debate, to be sure, as to why Prohibition was eventually repealed. However, equally reasonable is the effect is has had on society. Like any other substance, including food, there is always the possibility of addiction and misuse. I thank Marty for an intelligent and civil dialogue and debate on the subject. Keep on blogging!
Mindy August 17, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Many people who use marijuana for treatment of a medical problem don't smoke it. If it is not heated using it doesn't make a person high.
Hope Rice October 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
By making pot legal, I worry that our kids will have another reason to believe that it is not harmful. They do not need another reason to experiment and enjoy the mind altering substance that apparently occurs when it is smoked. If it isn't addictive how do you explain the comments made by so many that they have been using it for x number of years and trying to rationalize the reasons. Reminds me of my crowd when we were smoking cigarettes and destroying our health, yet looking back after we have managed to break this dirty habit you realize just how foolish you must have sounded. It was peer pressure that persuaded us to begin smoking, and peer pressure to make up stop. Wish the same could be done with pot, instead of waving the carrot in front of our young kids. The same drug pushers who are selling pot more than likely are selling the more intense drugs to our kids and can put them in touch with those who make a lot of money doing it. I am sad and disappointed that our young people have to wade through all of this claptrap.
Ben Rodriguez October 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
MJ for medicinal purposes is a good thing. If I'm dying of cancer I'll try anything, it's about time government allowed this. What's funny, people who are against it talk of the good old days when we banned pot and let alcohol and tobacco be sold, both of which account for too many health related diseases to count. I don't believe in taxing everything but either ban bad things or don't. Don't pick and choose randomly without facts.
Andrew Ziemba October 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Alcohol and Cigarettes are 10x worse for you and are more easily accessible to teens. Why are they legal? For the same reason marijuana should be legal, because people want to use it and laws won't stop rampant use.
Hope Rice October 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
An intelligent and common sense post, Ann C. Jett...If any food on the market caused as much death and disease as alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs, that food would be removed from the shelves immediately.
James Bond October 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Bong sales just doubled


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