By Gregory B. Hladky
11:29 AM EST, January 16, 2013
Connecticut's regulatory plan for creating a medical marijuana growing and distribution system are finally up for review on a state website, but state officials warn it could be another year before the program is up and running.
The 74 pages of proposed regulations include everything from the cost of getting a grower's license to the fact that qualified patients will be able to get their pot in baked brownies.
Here are a few highlights:
-- Three or more growing facilities will be licensed. Application fee will be $25,000, plus a $75,000 license fee. A grower will also have to put up a $2 million escrow account in case he or she fails to complete construction or fails to meet all regulatory requirements
-- Pot can be sold in only the following forms: raw marijuana leaves or buds; cigarettes; extracts, tinctures or oils; topical oils or lotions; transdermal patches; baked goods; and capsules or pills.
-- Only registered patients with a debilitating condition and a doctor's prescription will be allowed to buy medical pot.
-- Such debilitating conditions include cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
-- Users will be restricted to a one-month's supply.
The proposed rules will need to go through public hearings and be reviewed and approved by a legislative committee.
Connecticut last year became the 16th state to approve some form of medical marijuana. Would-be marijuana growers have already been looking for potential sites in places like Waterbury and Bridgeport.
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