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Medical Marijuana Rules Debated At Public Hearing

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A state Department of Consumer Protection hearing on medical marijuana. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer

A state Department of Consumer Protection hearing on medical marijuana. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer

As the state Department of Consumer Protection creates regulations for medical marijuana, a public hearing was held today, at the department’s offices in Hartford.

So many people showed up for the hearing, that several overflow rooms were set up.

A chemist  said the regulations require rigorous scrutiny of the drug, equal to that given to other medicines, before it is given to patients.

A consultant who had a hand in creating Colorado’s medical marijuana law warned that Connecticut’s requirement of a $2-million dollar escrow account could be a problem for companies that want to provide marijuana.  He says banks tend to avoid doing business with marijuana growers and sellers.

But several counselors who treat young people for drug problems urged the department to put more strict regulations on the forms medical pot is sold in, saying that if it is sold as part of food or baked goods, it might be more appealing to young people.  They also called for tight limits on advertising, to ensure it is not marketed to children.

The counselors say the legalization of marijuana makes young people view it as less of a threat.

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