Bill allowing medical marijuana for kids faces Senate vote

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that would allow minors with certain debilitating conditions to use Connecticut’s medical marijuana program faces its final legislative hurdle.

The proposal, which already cleared the House of Representatives, was being considered Friday by the Senate.

Debate is expected to last late into the night. Sen. Toni Boucher (boo-SHAY’), a Republican from Wilton and a chief opponent, has proposed 25 possible amendments to the legislation.

Boucher voiced concerns about children using “mind-damaging substances,” saying the harm could be worse than their underlying conditions.

But proponents say they heard from many anguished parents about their children’s suffering from conditions such as extreme seizures being eased by the drug.

Under the bill, medical marijuana dispensaries could not provide qualified children any marijuana product that is smoked, vaporized or inhaled.

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