Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell (R), herself a breast cancer survivor, today vetoed a bill that would allow patients access to medical marijuana. Patients would have been required to be registered with the state, possess a doctor’s authorization and be diagnosed with cancer, AIDS or MS.
I understand that Gov. Rell doesn’t want to send the wrong message to children and that she is bucking for bigger positions in the Republican party (therefore doesn’t want to offend right-wing religious groups). However, denying seriously ill patients a medication that has proven benefits is unconscionable. Playing politics with patients health is never a good idea.