By SHANNON YOUNG, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes for Connecticut residents is up for a debate in the state’s Senate.

A lengthy debate is expected Friday afternoon. If the bill passes, as expected, it will mark final legislative approval. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to sign the legislation.

The proposal outlines specific diseases that would be treated under the drug. It requires a recommendation from an individual’s physician and establishes a system of licensing for patients, caregivers and growers.

Erik Williams, executive director of the state’s chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, said Connecticut’s bill benefits from the mistakes made in other states.

Opponents, however, argue the legislation would sidestep federal laws that classify the drug as an illegal substance

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


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