Petition Already Seeks Changes In Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program – CTNow
Medical marijuana hit the shelves in Connecticut just two weeks ago, but there’s already been a push to change state regulations about how the medication is sold to chronically ill patients.
“Our Plant, Our Right,” an online petition, seeks changes that would permit the sale of medical marijuana in its whole-bud form. State regulations only permit the sale of medical marijuana processed and manufactured into an array of products, including what can be smoked, vaporized, swallowed or eaten.
“They could offer us a choice or just give us the whole bud like every other state [that has a medical marijuana law] does,” Peter Mould, the North Haven resident who launched the petition, said. “You don’t go into a steakhouse to get pre-chewed steak.”
Grinding dries out the marijuana, introducing too much air and too much heat, reducing the overall effectiveness of marijuana, Mould and others signing the petition argue.
The first sales of medical marijuana in Connecticut got underway Sept. 15 under stringent regulations that have been compared with what would be required for a pharmaceutical company. The regulations require processing of marijuana grown by licensed manufacturers and testing to ensure that patients receive a consistent medication.
But Mould argues those regulations go too far. He said the “homogenization,” or grinding up, of the plant during medical marijuana manufacturing — central to the state’s regulations — compromises the quality of the products finally reaching patients.
And it is pushing up the price, making it unaffordable for some patients, Mould said.
So far, Mould, also a board member of Connecticut NORML, a nonprofit marijuana lobbying group, has collected more than 450 signatures since launching the petition in June. He said he will submit it to the state Department of Consumer Protection, which oversees the fledgling medical marijuana program in Connecticut, if he is able to collect 1,000 signatures.
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