Pediatric Medical Marijuana Use Campaign
HempCT is proud to be influenced by Susan Meehan (Lakeville, CT) and her daughter, Cyndimae, to proceed with introducing (and having pass) an amendment to the current Public Act 12-55 to remove the AGE RESTRICTION of a qualifying patient. Thanks to a few lawyers, Civic Trust Public Lobbying Company, the Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project for the continued guidance and support in our endeavors.
Following is a small letter of request that was sent out to EVERY representative at the STATE level. Responses are posted below by DISTRICT # for easy reference.
Sign Petition here for the Public Health Committee to add HB 5892 to their Agenda 2/11/2015
Following is a letter of request that was sent to
EVERY representative at the STATE level.
Responses are posted below by DISTRICT # for easy reference.
I am reaching out to you to find where you stand on the issue of Pediatric Medical Marijuana Use here in CT.
Many states have already approved legislation that relieves parents of STATE prosecution through strict guidelines allowing children with approved ailments to be administered variations of marijuana extractions.
There are children RIGHT HERE in Connecticut that may receive relief as well as surviving family members of children since passed on that believe their relatives/friends could have been aided. Many registered voters are hoping that Connecticut joins that list of states recognizing potential benefits of medicinal marijuana.
Please be kind enough to reply to this email with your thoughts on this issue. I look forward to following your efforts to have Connecticut grow and prosper.
Cindy L. Day
New Milford, CT
HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES:
District 6: Ed Vargas (DEM) Rec'd 1/31/2015 Serving Hartford
Hi Cindy, I support this bill. I have also introduced another bill that totally decriminalizes the use and sale of marijuana and puts us on par with the state of Colorado. Best regards, Ed
District 13: Mark Tweedie (REP) Rec'd 12/29/2014 Serving parts of Glastonbury and Manchester
Thank you for your information. I am always open listening and learning on all the issues. While I believe this is an important issue, more reading and research is needed on my part before I can share my thoughts.
District 17 - Timothy LeGeyt (REP) Rec'd 2/4/2015 Serving Avon and Canton
I have no objection to the concept of pediatric palliative use of marijuana, however, I will reserve any committment to the bill until I see language and gauge the sentiment of my constituents.
District 31 - Prasad Srinivasan (REP) Received PHONE CALL 1/29/2015 Serving Glastonbury
Per our discussion, I am e-mailing you with my contact information. Representative Srinivasan will gladly review any additional materials you have related to HB 5892.
Just a reminder – the Public Health Committee agendas can be viewed from the CT General Assembly webpage. It’s important to note that the agendas are often not populated until the day/night prior to the meeting.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
District 62 - Bill Simanski (REP) Rec'd 12/29/2014 Serving Barkamsted, Granby, Hartland and New Hartford
I voted against medicinal marijuana for adults and would do the same for pediatric use.
District 78 - Whit Betts (REP) Rec'd 2/2/2015 Serving Bristol, Plymouth, and Terryville
Thank you for your e-mail. I have not formed an opinion yet about this proposal, and I will wait to hear the
pros and cons if this bill is raised for a public hearing. As the issue is discussed I shall ask questions at that time.
Rep. Whit Betts
78th District - Bristol, Plymouth, and Terryville
District 97 - (DEM) Rec'd 12/31/2014 Serving New Haven
I am open to supporting the issue
District 113 - Jason Perillo (REP) rec'v 1/6/2015 Serving Shelton
Thank you for reaching out to me on this issue.
I am actually quite familiar with palliative care for the pediatric patient. My wife is an APRN in Pedi Oncology and I've done quite a bit of research on my own.
In my opinion, there is no valid science to prove that marijuana is an appropriate medical alternative to existing (and legal) medical treatment in pediatric patients. If there were no alternatives, that would be one thing. But there are literally dozens (if not, hundreds) of pharmaceutical options available to the medical community.
I hope that clarifies my position.
District 118 - Kim Rose (DEM) Rec'v 1/29/2015 Serving Milford
I haven't seen the bill therefore I can not make a comment at this time. I will however pay particular attention to any public hearing that this has. Thanks so much for your email and time, Kim Rose
District 136 - Jonathan Steinberg (DEM) Rec'd 12/29/2014 Serving Westport
I know relatively little about the applicability of medical marijuana for pediatric conditions, other than the logical assumption that kids often suffer from the same diseases as adults. But I’m always eager to be educated.
From a purely political pragmatism perspective, I think we may need to wait and assess the progress of the existing medical marijuana law and the success of the growers and dispensers already licensed (I hope both licensee groups are expanded soon). There remains some resistance to any relaxation of laws relating to marijuana, complicated by the conundrum of the inherent conflict with federal law, no matter the lack of enforcement.
I know that asking you to be patient to see how matters play out may sound like a cop-out, but I believe that this assessment may be an accurate reflection of the political prospects this session.
District 151 - Fred Camillo (REP) Rec'd 1/29/2015 Serving Greenwich
Thanks, Cindy. I have been swamped with a lot of things lately, so have not been able to do any research.. I will look at it when I get a moment. As you probably know, I am not on the Public Health Committee. I also have not been contacted by too many people on this, so that is why I have read much about the proposal.
All the best,
DISTRICT 6 - Terrt Gerratana (DEM) Rec'd 1/5/2015 Serving Berlin, Farmington, New Britain
The Senator wanted me to send you a quick email. We head into to session this week so it is a bit crazy here. She is not familiar with the protocol but said she would read up on the topic. Thanks for the information, feel free to send us further details if you have them. Terri
Aide to Senator Terry Gerratana
District 17 - Joe Crisco (DEM) Rec'd 12/29/2014 PHONE CALL Serving Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck & Woodbridge
I received a phone call at home and spent a great deal of time reviewing the Medical Marijuana PA 12-55. He was unaware that the present bill had an age restriction. He supports our mission
District 30 - Clark Chapin (REP) Rec'd 1/18/2015 Serving Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren Winchester
Thank you for your email and phone call. I plan on meeting with the Department of Consumer Protection this week to discuss any quality control safeguards that are in place. I will also raise the issue of age restrictions to see how supportive or opposed they would be to such a change. I appreciate your interest.
FOLLOW UP Rec'd 2/1/2015 Serving Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren Winchester
A bill has been introduced regarding palliative use by minors. It's Proposed Bill 5892 which is now before the Public Health Committee. The committee hasn't raised it for a public hearing, but there's still time. DCP was less than enthused when I spoke to them about the issue, but of course they would yield to the will of the legislature. I will urge members of the Public Health Committee to raise it for a hearing.
To the LEFT--
Cyndimae on prescribed medicines
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Cyndimae after 2.5 month