State Considers Expanding Medical Marijuana to Kids

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand the state's medical marijuana program to children.

The General Assembly's Judiciary Committee was debating Monday whether to advance the legislation to the Senate for further consideration.

Under the proposal, residents under age 18 could be considered a qualifying patient with approval from a parent, pediatrician and a physician with experience treating the debilitating condition.

Lawmakers recently heard emotional testimony from parents of children suffering from various debilitating conditions, saying the drug can stop violent seizures. Democratic Sen. William Tong said he was persuaded by their pleas.

Republican Rep. Vincent Candelora voiced concern the bill gives parents "a lot of authority to be a doctor," considering caretakers would regulate the dosage. He wants the bill limited to epilepsy.

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