(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into law that allows the medical use of marijuana in the state of Connecticut, ABC affilaite WTNH-TV reports.
The governor's office announced the signing of Public Act 12-55 on Friday. Patients who suffer from glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy and Chron's disease may qualify to receive marijuana.
"For years, we've heard from so many patients with chronic diseases who undergo treatments like chemotherapy or radiation and are denied the palliative benefits that medical marijuana would provide," Gov. Malloy said in a statement. "With careful regulation and safeguards, this law will allow a doctor and a patient to decide what is in that patient's best interest."
Patients will be required to buy the marijuana from licensed dispensaries, which would acquire the drug from a licensed producer. Up to ten producers will be allowed to grow marijuana in the state for medical use.
The governor's office has highlighted a number of "safeguards" to prevent potential abuse of the drug. More information can be found on the governor's website.
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