HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut legislative committee has voted to allow state residents to use marijuana for medical reasons.

The legislation approved by the Judiciary Committee, 34 to 10 Tuesday, would prohibit the arrest and prosecution of qualified patients who use the drug and have registered with the state to use marijuana to ease the effects of medical conditions.

Lawmakers rejected arguments by opponents who said the state would be in conflict with federal laws. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. But the Obama administration has said it will not target medical marijuana patients or caregivers if they comply with state laws and aren’t fronts for drug traffickers.

Connecticut’s legislation was proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. It’s similar to a measure vetoed by then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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