medical marijuana

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Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner has approved three new medical marijuana dispensary facilities.

Two of the facilities will be located in Milford and a third in Waterbury. All are expected to be open by early summer. 

Commissioner Jonathan Harris said the new facilities will help meet the medical needs of the over 1900 patients in Fairfield County, and the more than 2100 patients in New Haven County.

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New York State’s legal medical marijuana program has begun. Eight new dispensaries are opening around the state this week, and two are expected to open on Long Island later this month. Many doctors still aren’t eligible to prescribe marijuana to their patients.

In order to prescribe medical marijuana, doctors need to pay $249 to take a four-and-a-half hour course online from a private company called TheAnswerPage. Then, when they’re done, they have to register themselves with the state.

Conn.'s medical marijuana program having impact

Oct 8, 2014
Kaomi Goetz

Connecticut's six state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries started selling the drug late last month. They're part of a new state program that legalized the sale and use of marijuana for qualified medical use. The milestone comes after months - and in some cases, years - of difficult land use approvals and waiting. Now open, the dispensaries are already having an impact. 

Ruth Smith is a mother of two from Niantic, Conn. She's also a longtime sufferer of numerous ailments. 

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New York’s health department is requesting permission from the federal government to import out-of-state marijuana for medical purposes until its in-state program can finish the regulatory process.

In July, New York became the 23rd state to authorize the use of medical marijuana for patients with diseases, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. The program requires the health department to write rules and license marijuana production companies. The department says that will take until 2016 to get the program underway.

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It will be a year and a half before marijuana becomes available in New York, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law last weekend allowing a limited use of the drug for certain diseases. In Connecticut, a new industry is taking shape as the state’s medical marijuana program nears its launch. Six dispensaries have been licensed to open around Connecticut.   In Fairfield County, one of these dispensaries has run into some unusually strong resistance.