Connecticut has become the 17th state to approve the use of medical marijuana. The measure was approved by the Connecticut State Senate on a 21 to 13 vote. The Connecticut measure would set up 10 secure cultivation centers throughout the state. Growers will be required to pay $25,000 up front and show that they will be able to sustain a business model that makes it profitable for them. Patients will have to be certified to be eligible for medical marijuana by their doctors and will have to pay a $25 fee to participate in the program. Participants will be allowed to get the marijuana from this network of growers. Use of the marijuana is only limited to patients who have cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, malnutrition, wasting disease, Crohn's Disease and post traumatic stress disorder.
There is no word yet on whether medical marijuana will be approved in Illinois.
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