For those of you who have the fever for the flavor of a fatty, and were hoping that you'd be able to roll a big fat stinker in the name of pain relief by the end of the year, you'll need to wait a little longer. Hopes of the pro-marijuana crowd were drained like old bong water when Governor M. Jodi Rell vetoed a measure that would permit marijuana use for medical reasons earlier this week.
That's right, if you were hoping to get stoned with a wink and a nod from state government... maybe next year. More likely when there is a Governor Blumenthal or another Democrat.
This bill would have allowed for someone suffering from things like glaucoma, or cancer, ALS, or another terminal disease to own up to four potted marijuana plants, and to administer the resultant drug to themselves, should a doctor prescribe it.
Never mind that this is against federal law, so if the state law were signed, the owners of the plants could still be charged federally. Also, you can't get marijuana at a pharmacy. As House Minority Leader Larry Cafero said... "How do you get it? You gotta make a drug deal, baby!"
This bill wasn't really about helping suffering people, though I do believe many advocates had that intent. It was merely an attempt by the "legalize it" crowd to make pot more mainstream, and help pave the way for legalizing it recreationally.
I for one am pleased the bill was vetoed. I think the veto may have prevented an unforeseen up-tick in fifteen-year-olds being mysteriously diagnosed with glaucoma.