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After Seven Hours Of Debate, House Passes Marijuana Bill

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State Police say investigators found marijuana plants growing in a house at 17 Spinning Wheel Road in Monroe.  Photo from State Police.

State Police say investigators found marijuana plants growing in a house at 17 Spinning Wheel Road in Monroe. Photo from State Police.

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By SHANNON YOUNG and SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut House of Representatives has voted to legalize the medical use of marijuana for adults, creating a system that advocates say provides more protections than similar programs in other states.

The House passed the bill 96-51 after a seven-hour debate, sending it to the Senate. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he supports the concept.

Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, a lead proponent, said this bill is better than those offered over the past decade because it sets up a system for growing and dispensing marijuana.

But some lawmakers voiced concern that growers and dispensers could face federal prosecution. U.S. Attorney David Fein said they could be at risk.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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