The state’s general assembly has adjourned early. If and when lawmakers reconvene for a special session this summer, legalization is likely to be a low priority.
Connecticut is surrounded by states that have legalized cannabis, or plan to. “We can't stick our heads in the sand,” said Governor Ned Lamont’s senior adviser.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Pledges Regional Approach to Cannabis Legalization in State of the State
Lamont praised “coordinated regional regulation,” while Pennsylvania’s governor left cannabis completely out of his speech.
While the bill is focused on how to spend cannabis-generated tax dollars, Smart Approaches to Marijuana and others turned a Senate committee hearing into a broader legalization debate.
During the six-hour hearing, officials and stakeholders discussed labor rights, equity provisions, home grows, and the influence of elected officials in the industry.