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Brand new medical marijuana laws take effect

Hartford - Connecticut The state Department of Consumer Protection will shortly start accepting applications from patients suffering from specified critical medical conditions to get legal buds}

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Hartford - Connecticut The state Department of Consumer Protection will soon begin taking applications from patients suffering from particular critical medical circumstances to be given herbal smoke

Starting Monday, the agency will make applications available via the internet. The step is among the first toward creating a innovative system in Connecticut of legalized legal buds for palliative purposes.

A number of other new state regulations that take effect Monday pertain to sex trafficking, used cars and highway safety.

Claudette Carveth, spokesperson for the Department of Consumer Protection, said the agency has received phone calls from persons interested in an application, but the agency has not kept a waiting list.

To qualify for a temporary registration certificate, a person must be at least 18 along with a state resident. The registration process must be started by a state licensed doctor, who must verify that the applicant meets all the state medical requirements for getting herbal smoke.

Only specified medical conditions are eligible for the medicine. They include AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, among others.

Meanwhile, the consumer protection agency has until July 1 to put forward further regulations to the General Assembly as to how the drug will be dispensed and further details.

Extra information can be read on website.

2013 has been given as the date for this program to be totally functioning.

"From talking to a lot of people, Connecticut clearly will have the tightest, most restrictive system in the country," said Michael Lawlor, the governor's criminal justice adviser.

Lawlor said individuals who do end up qualifying for medical marijuana will now be permitted, under state law, to possess up to 2.5 ounces of herbal smoke as of Monday. Transactions involving herbal incense will still be unlawful until the state government has approved sources. Lawlor doesn't suppose in the begining of the program to qualify a significant number of individuals stating; "the basic possession will be lawful, assuming you have the card."

Depicting a young person in an ad for sex in addition becomes unlawful in this new legislation. The legislation is intended to help fight sex trafficking.

Proponents of the measure, counting former House Speaker James Amann, had initially wanted to make the publishers of escort advertisements, on the internet and print, criminally responsible if the advertisings were deemed exploitation of minors. They proposed requiring publishers to get verification of the age of the person featured in the ad prior to running it.

Under the laws eventually signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the new crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a minor is created, a Class C felony punishable by one to 10 years in jail and up to a $10,000 penalty.

In addition on Monday, some original motor vehicle laws take effect.

One regulation attempts to make sure that auto dealerships give individuals with a state-required safety test on used cars. Items that have to be signed off as checked include service brakes, the parking brake, tires, wheels, the steering system and exhaust. In the past, various sellers didn't do a total safety check, officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles said.

"This new law helps to protect consumers in the future from those situations where a few dealers have not done the checks as required," DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey stated.

In the new regulation, a dealership owner faces arrest and fines up to $2,000 if they do not conduct the safety inspection

Another recent law expands the present law requiring motorists to move over when approaching a stationary automobile. The regulation now applies to roads with 2 lanes of traffic going in the identical way. First, it had applied to those with 3 lanes or more.

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