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Increase penalties for fentanyl, treat it like a narcotic

A bill introduced by Klarides, the House minority leader, would amend the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl, which currently is only listed as a synthetic drug, meaning it carries a lesser sentence. "Opioid deaths have been doubling every year since 2013," Klarides said during a public hearing on the bill this week. "All I'm asking for is parity" with penalties for other drugs, Klarides told the committee.
Source: CT News Junkie on 2022 Connecticut Senate race , Apr 4, 2019

Voted NO on medical marijuana for debilitating conditions

Rep. Klarides voted NAY on HB 5389, PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA:
  • "Palliative use" means the acquisition or use of marijuana or related paraphernalia to alleviate symptoms of a debilitating condition.
  • Debilitating conditions include cancer; glaucoma; HIV; AIDS; Parkinson's disease; multiple sclerosis; intractable spasticity; epilepsy; cachexia; Crohn's disease; PTSD; & other medical conditions that DCP approves.
  • A physician may certify a qualifying patient's use of marijuana only after determining that the patient has a debilitating condition and the potential benefits of would likely outweigh its health risks.
  • The certification is valid for one year from the date it is signed.
  • Defines "usable marijuana" as the dried leaves & flowers of the marijuana plant, but not including the plant's seeds, stalks, & roots.Legislative Outcome: Senate Bill Passed, 21-13-2, May 4; House Bill Passed, 96 -51-4, May 31; Signed by Gov. Malloy, May 31, 2012
    Source: Connecticut State Legislature voting record on HB 5389 , May 31, 2012

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