Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a measure Monday that would have legalized the medical use of marijuana, the New York Times reports. It was the most recent of five years of attempts to make it legal to use the drug for pain relief and other medicinal uses.
Rell, herself a breast cancer survivor, said the decision was one of the most difficult she had faced in the three years in office. “I completely sympathize with the well-intentioned goal of alleviating pain and suffering, but legal alternatives are available,” she said. Supporters of legalizing the drug denounced her action.