Connecticut state representative
James Abrams announced Monday that he will reintroduce a medical marijuana
bill in the state legislature this spring. The bill would allow doctors
to recommend medical marijuana for a specified list of diseases and conditions,
including the treatment of nausea associated with chemotherapy, eye pressure
from glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS wasting syndrome, among others.
Connecticut passed one of
the nation's first medical marijuana bills in 1981. That law allowed
doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes, but because federal
law overrides state law, Connecticut doctors have not prescribed medical
marijuana for fear of prosecution or losing their ability to write prescriptions
for controlled substances.
Under the Abrams bill, drafted
by the New Haven-based A Better Way Foundation, doctors would provide certificates
to approved patients. It would then be up to the patient -- not the
doctor -- to actually acquire his or her medicine. "What we basically
want to do is make the law workable," Robert Rooks, executive director
of A Better Way, told the Associated Press, referring to the state's existing
but dormant medical marijuana law.
Abrams sponsored similar
legislation last year without success. And he can expect more opposition
this year from the likes of state Rep. Claudia "Dolly" Powers (R-Greenwich).
"I'm just not comfortable with opening that door in terms of just general
access through a doctor's orders," she told the AP. "We do have medicines
that already mimic it without the smoking part and all that kind of stuff,"
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Issue #270, 1/3/03
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