Marijuana legislation moving forward despite strong opposition from medical community

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The medical community here in Connecticut, as well as in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, is saying to lawmakers in all four states to put the brakes on the rush to legalize recreational marijuana.

Ophthalmologist Dr. David Emmel is the legislative director for the Connecticut State Medical Society and said real research on marijuana’s effects hasn’t been done because the drug is considered illegal by the federal government.

He added, What we really want to see is kind of a slowing down. We’re really performing an experiment right now in the states that have legalized it.

The medical society noted that emergency room visits from marijuana intoxication have gone up threefold in Colorado as well as the marijuana blood levels in fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Dr. William Petit, an endocrinologist, is the only physician in the House of Representatives. 

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He said what research has been done shows a real danger to younger people, and added, Marijuana has significant effects on executive function, memory cognition and I.Q. when people have exposure under age 25.

While many medical professionals endorse medical marijuana, they said  this next step could be bad for people of all ages. 

It impairs your judgement. It doesn’t always give you great perception or great reaction, so those are some of the things that could happen if everyone around you is smoking marijuana, said Registered Nurse Nancy LaMonica of Bristol Hospital.

But the Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) said on Wednesday that, despite this strong opposition, the legislative train is leaving the station.

He added, It’s not a question of whether we like it or not, whether we want it or not. It’s here, and it’s going to continue to be here. It’s here in an unregulated way.

Two medical experts, one from Yale and the other from UConn, spent nearly three hours last week telling lawmakers why this is a bad idea, but the bills are moving forward.

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