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General Assembly



February Session, 2012

LCO No. 4280



Offered by:


SEN. BOUCHER, 26th Dist.


To: House Bill No. 5389

File No. 597

Cal. No. 430

Strike lines 234 to 237, inclusive, in their entirety and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 9. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Until such time as the United States Department of Justice provides written notice to the Attorney General, the Chief State's Attorney and the Commissioner of Consumer Protection setting forth that said department shall not initiate a criminal prosecution against (1) a qualifying patient relating to the patient's palliative use of marijuana, or (2) a licensed dispensary, licensed producer, physician or primary caregiver relating to such person's role in facilitating the palliative use of marijuana by a qualifying patient, no person may act as a dispensary or represent that such person is a licensed dispensary. Upon receipt of the written notice described in this subsection from the United States Department of Justice and upon the adoption of regulations as prescribed in subsection (b) of this section, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall establish a pilot program allowing for the establishment of two licensed dispensaries in the state. The commissioner shall administer the pilot program for a one-year period. Upon the expiration of the one-year period, the pilot program shall terminate and the commissioner shall permit the licensing of additional dispensaries in accordance with the provisions of this section. A dispensary licensed by the commissioner and selected to participate in the pilot program, may, in the discretion of the commissioner, retain such licensure upon the termination of the pilot program. "