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Lawmakers Debate Medical Marijuana Bill

Lawmakers Debate Medical Marijuana Bill

HARTFORD — Late Wednesday, the House of Representatives was locked in an often emotional debate on a bill that would allow seriously ill children to obtain medical marijuana. The bill cleared the House on a vote of 129 to 13, with eight members absent. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The measure has proven controversial in the past; it failed to win approval last year. But lawmakers and advocates continued to work on the proposal after the legislative session was over and they secured the support of the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This year's version of the legislation contains new safeguards including a provision that two...