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State Legislative Lawyers Now Back Pot Regulations

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Marijuana Leaf (David McNew/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Legislative attorneys have reversed their stance and are now recommending that state lawmakers next week approve a revised set of proposed regulations for Connecticut’s new medical marijuana program.

In a report provided to The Associated Press on Friday, the Legislative Commissioners Office recommended that the General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee approve the regulations in whole, along with 118 technical corrections, various deletions and substitute pages. The bipartisan panel is scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

The attorneys had previously recommended the committee reject the proposed regulations, citing more than dozen concerns, such as the broadness of the language. But the Department of Consumer Protection submitted revisions, expressing confidence that all the major concerns had been addressed.

Rep. Selim Noujaim, the committee’s co-chairman, said Friday he’s still worried about approving regulations for an industry that violates federal drug laws. Noujaim said he and other lawmakers are concerned that legislators, state employees who regulate the system, pharmacists, marijuana growers and distributors could be legally liable should the regulations be approved.

Noujaim said he plans to pose questions about the federal liability as well as other issues to representatives from the Attorney General’s Office during Tuesday’s scheduled meeting.

While Noujaim did not vote for the 2012 bill that created the medical marijuana system, he said he understands that he has a different role as a member of the Regulation Review Committee. Noujaim and his fellow members are charged with making sure the regulations match the intent of the law and are sound.

“I am very cognizant that I have two different roles right now,” he said.

The 14-member committee is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Half had voted against the original bill.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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