Real Story: Medical Marijuana – The Safeguards And The Risks

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State Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein talks about the regulations and operation of Connecticut’s medicinal marijuana program, while Republican state Rep. Vincent Candelora of North Branford explains his concerns.

Here’s the latest on the legalization of medical marijuana from Hartford Courant reporter William Weir. Read the full story on

HARTFORD — Meeting for the first time since regulations for the medical marijuana program were enacted, the state’s six-member Board of Physicians began working out the details of an entirely new system Wednesday.

Without the guidance of the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, the state is on its own when it comes to figuring out certain details governing the use of marijuana as a medication. For instance: How will patients be informed about the possible side effects of marijuana use and whether it has contradictions with other medications? How will the state collect data on those effects?

“There’s a lot of stuff to do,” said William Rubenstein, commissioner of the of the state Department of Consumer Protection, which oversees the program.

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