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Medical Marijuana Vote Expected In State House

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut House of Representatives is expected to take-up a bill that would legalize marijuana for specific medical purposes.

Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the bill during their Wednesday session.

The bill proposes a system for licensing medical marijuana producers, dispensing the drug, and registering qualified patients. Under the proposed legislation, doctors could prescribe marijuana to patients who suffer from certain specified illnesses.

Bill supporters say marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes to help state residents with debilitating diseases, while opponents have raised concerns about federal intervention.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he supports the concept.

A bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana in Connecticut failed last year.

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