The Connecticut Senate on Saturday approved a bill .
According to a Huffington Post report, the Senate approved the measure 21-13 after nearly 10 hours of debate. The bill was approved by the on April 26 — and Gov. Dannel Malloy, who previously said he would support the measure, is expected to sign it into law.
Sixteen other states and the District of Columbia have adopted similar .
State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), who is , reportedly presented hours of testimony during the floor debate.
Connecticut's medical marijuana law is reportedly more strict than those enacted in other states: It specifies which diseases must be present in patients to whom the drug is prescribed, and establishes a system of licensing for patients, caregivers and growers.