HARTFORD — Connecticut patients suffering from certain devastating medical conditions will soon be able to make a claim with the state Department of Consumer Protection to be given herbal smoke.
Beginning Monday, the agency will make applications obtainable on the web. The measure is among the first toward creating a fresh practice in Connecticut of legal herbal smoke for palliative purposes.
There are further state legal guidelines becoming operational at the same point in time such as used cars, highway safety and sex trafficking.
Claudette Carveth, spokesperson for the Department of Consumer Protection, stated the agency has received enquiries from persons interested in an application, but the agency has not kept a waiting list.
To qualify for a temporary registration certificate, a person must be at least eighteen and a state resident. The registration process must be started by a state licensed doctor, who must verify that the applicant meets all the state medical necessities for getting legal buds.
Not all medical ailments are accepted for the program. Of the conditions that are approved are; multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, HIV, glaucoma, cancer and AIDS.
The state General Assembly has set a deadline of July 1 for the consumer protection agency to submit guidlines has to how the medication will be delivered among other details.
The program is expected to be up and running by late 2013.
“From talking to a lot of people, Connecticut clearly will have the tightest, most restrictive system in the country,” said Michael Lawlor, the governor’s criminal justice adviser.
Lawlor said people who do end up qualifying for legal buds will now be permitted, under state law, to have up to 2.5 ounces of herbal smoke as of Monday. Transactions involving legal buds will still be illegal until the state government has approved resources. Lawlor doesn’t assume in the begining of the program to qualify a large number of persons stating; “the basic possession will be lawful, assuming you have the card.”
Depicting a child in an advertisement for sex as well will become illegal in this new legislation. This is intended to fight sex trafficking together with additional things.
Proponents of the measure, counting previous House Speaker James Amann, had initially sought to make the publishers of escort advertisements, on line and print, criminally liable if the advertisements were deemed exploitation of minors. They proposed requiring publishers to get verification of the age of the individual featured in the advertisement ahead of running it.
Under the legislation eventually signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the new crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a minor is created, a Class C felony punishable by one to 10 years in jail and up to a $ 10,000 charge.
Also on Monday, some further motor vehicle legislation take effect.
One law attempts to make certain that auto dealerships provide individuals with a state-required safety test on used cars. Items that ought to be signed off as checked include service brakes, the parking brake, tires, wheels, the steering system and exhaust. In the past, several dealers did not do a thorough safety check, officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles said.
“This new law helps to protect consumers in the future from those situations where a few dealers have not done the checks as required,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey stated.
In the new law, a dealership owner faces arrest and fines up to $ 2,000 if they don’t perform the safety inspection
Another new rule expands the existing statute requiring motorists to move over when approaching a stationary car. The regulation now applies to roads with two lanes of traffic going in the identical way. Originally, it had applied to those with three lanes or more.