Connecticut pharmacists gather to learn about pot

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Pharmacists and physicians from throughout Connecticut are gathering to learn more about medical marijuana.

The first Medical Cannabis Symposium in the state was being held Wednesday at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. It comes as Connecticut begins to ramp up its new medical marijuana program.

The daylong program was sponsored by the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, in conjunction with the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. Participants were being briefed on the medicinal properties of the marijuana plant, which dates back more than 3,000 years.

Under Connecticut's new law, patients suffering from 11 debilitating illnesses, including Parkinson's disease and cancer, can use the drug. State licenses have been granted to four producers and six dispensaries. The growing operations are expected to be up and running his summer.

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