Connecticut state Senators are debating a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes and establish a well-regulated system of dispensing and growing the drug.
The Senate is expected have a lengthy debate on the bill before voting on the measure. If it passes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to sign the legislation.
The proposal outlines specific diseases that would be treated under the drug. It requires a recommendation from an individual's physician and establishes a system of licensing for patients, caregivers and growers.
Erik Williams, executive director of the state's chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, said Connecticut's bill benefits from the mistakes made in other states.
Opponents, however, argue the legislation would sidestep federal laws that classify the drug as an illegal substance.