Connecticut's Democratic governor, Dannel P. Malloy, has said he will sign a bill to make Connecticut the 17th medical cannabis state. The bill passed the state senate early Saturday, Reuters reports, after already having passed the House. Under the law, marijuana would be sold in multiple forms at dispensaries, which must have a licensed pharmacist on staff.
What's interesting to us is the angle the news is taking: referring to all the "problems" and "chaos" that other medical marijuana states have been "plagued" with, and how Connecticut's "tightly controlled" system would do better.
Surely they mean all the rampant deaths caused by taking the marijuana? Nope.
According to data from the Food and Drug Administration, from 1997 to 2005, marijuana killed zero people. The number of deaths from 17 popular FDA-approved pharmaceutical alternatives to pot for the same period: 10,008.
In many states, opioid and painkiller abuse now claims more lives each year than road deaths.
But keep an eye out for all that weed "chaos" — starting with Ben & Jerry's aisle of your local supermarket.