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Medical marijuana and other new laws take effect Oct. 1

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

On Oct. 1, nearly 100 new laws go into effect in Connecticut.

Some of the laws are just changes to old ones, and others are completely groundbreaking in our state.

The two major laws include medical marijuana and stricter domestic violence laws, but there are others that are designed to protect you and your family.

It was Christmas Day last year when a fire started in a home in Stamford. Three young children and their grandparents were inside and possibly unaware of the flames because, investigators said, their smoke detectors may have been removed while their home was under construction.

They all died in the fire, and lawmakers decided to make sure it doesn't happen again. Starting Monday, all homes will be required to have a smoke detector inside.

"If that's what it takes for people to be sure their homes are safe, then I think it's a worthwhile law," said Rocky Hill resident Sarah Duplin.

Medical marijuana is also getting a lot of attention.

LINK: New laws taking effect Oct. 1

"People are going to abuse it. They're going to find ways," said Nora Smith-Perez. "They're going to sneak ways in and find ways to use it just like they do everything else."

The Department of Consumer Protection starts accepting applications for the plant Monday. Some medical professionals said they support the move that could improve the lives of many who have certain medical conditions.

"I have seen a lot of cancer victims suffer," said Nancy Skultety, of Rocky Hill. "From upset stomachs and vomiting and things like that. So anything that can help relive those symptoms I believe it would be helpful."

The new law already has people talking.

"I'm against drugs," said Sal Mancini of Hartford. "It shouldn't be."

"It's working really well in other states and its really helped a lot of people," said Mari Jane Mitchell. "So I think it okay."

To qualify, a patient must be at least 18 years old and a Connecticut resident. Each patient may also register one primary caregiver if the need for a caregiver is documented by the patient's physician.

After that, the DCP has until July 1 to submit new regulations to the General Assembly on how the medical marijuana would be dispensed to patients.

For more information about the medical marijuana program, click here.

Also on the books are new laws aim to help protect the victims of domestic violence. Specifically, by creating a uniform procedure for all police in the state on handling arrests.

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