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Connecticut Senate passes medical marijuana bill

May 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Connecticut Senate passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The state joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in enacting such legislation.

State senators voted 21-to-13 in favor of the law after a 10-hour debate on Saturday. The governor is expected to sign the legislation into law.

Connecticut's bill is structured differently than California's medical marijuana laws.

In Connecticut, only specific diseases can be treated with marijuana, and the law explains how patients, caregivers and growers will be licensed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.