A proposal to allow minors with certain medical conditions to use marijuana for palliative purposes is back before legislators this year, this time with the backing of onetime opponents: pediatricians.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics fought to stop a similar measure last year, but plans to advocate for this year’s scaled-back proposal, which would allow access to nonsmokable forms of marijuana to minors with one of six conditions, including severe epilepsy and terminal illnesses that require end-of-life care.

The bill, which was developed by the state Department of Consumer Protection after discussions with the pediatricians’ group, faces opposition from those who say more research is needed before children have access to the drug.

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Arielle Levin Becker ~ The Connecticut Mirror ~

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