Original medical marijuana regulations take effect

Hartford – Connecticut The state Department of Consumer Protection will shortly start accepting applications from patients suffering from specific life-threatening medical circumstances to get medical marijuana.

Applications will be accessible on the internet beginning Monday. Connecticut has taken a stride forward in establishing a method to brace the use of medical marijuana for eligible patients.

Some additional new state regulations that take effect Monday pertain to sex trafficking, used cars and highway safety.

Department of Consumer Protection representative Claudette Carveth stated scores of individuals have inquired regarding a claim.

18-year-old residents of the state are eligible for a temporary certificate. A Connecticut-licensed physician must initiate the registration procedure and verify that the individual meets the medical prerequisites.

Not all medical ailments are approved for the program. They include AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, among others.

Meanwhile, the consumer protection agency has until July 1 to present additional rules to the General Assembly as to how the drug will be dispensed and further details.

2013 has been given as the year for this program to be entirely working.

“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 herbal smoke will now be allowed, in state law, to have up to 2.5 ounces of legal bud as of Monday. Transactions involving herbal smoke will still be illegal until the state government has approved resources. “The basic possession will be lawful, assuming you have the card,” Lawlor stated, adding he doesn’t anticipate a considerable amount of individuals will meet the requirements in the initial months.

Among the other recent legislation that takes effect in October is one that makes it a crime for someone to place an advertisement for sex that includes a picture of a young person. The legislation is intended to help fight sex trafficking.

Proponents of the measure, including former House Speaker James Amann, had originally wanted to make the publishers of escort ads, online and print, criminally liable if the adverts were deemed exploitation of minors. They proposed requiring publishers to get verification of the age of the individual featured in the advertisement before running it.

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

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

One law attempts to ensure that auto dealerships make available consumers with a state-required safety test on used vehicles. Items that must be signed off as checked include service brakes, the parking brake, tires, wheels, the steering system and exhaust. In the past, a number of dealers did not do a total safety check, officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles stated.

“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.

Under the new rule, a dealership owner faces arrest and fines up to $ 2,000 if they do not perform the safety inspection

Another new law expands the present statute requiring motorists to move over when approaching a stationary vehicle. The rule now applies to roads with 2 lanes of travel going in the same direction. Initially, it had applied to those with three lanes or more.