Hartford, Connecticut (WFSB) – Tuesday morning. Connecticut has taken significant steps to legalize recreational marijuana.
The bill was passed by the state Senate. One Republican and six Democrats voted against.
The bill now goes to the council.
“This is one of the most comprehensive cannabis bills. Everyone tends to focus on legalizing adult marijuana use. But there are a number of provisions that deal with solving youth-related issues and how to protect them. Restricting disclosure for young people And there has been a lot of debate about equality. It addresses the question of equality,” said Democratic State Representative Jason Rojas.
House Democrats have said they plan to introduce the bill and vote before the session ends Wednesday night.
on tuesday evening Top Republicans say the bill is in danger.
“I think it̵7;s in danger the day we don’t have a deal in our last three sessions,” representative Vincent Candelora said.
If the law is passed People will be allowed to buy 1.5 ounces of marijuana or possess no more than 5 ounces.
Licensed retailers could start selling weed next May. And medical patients can start growing on their own in October.
Social grant applicants will receive at least half of the state’s licenses to grow and sell weed.
But leaders said the Senate-approved bill contains conflicting provisions that some say would benefit one person. The statute, by order of Governor Ned Lamont, was removed.
It’s not there anymore, but Candelora says the only fact it’s emanating is why recreational marijuana needs more debate.
“It seems to me that this is no longer a draft law. It appears to have a tendency like a criminal organization. things in it beneficiary I want to know who, what, why and where,” Candelora said.
The clock is ticking because the session ends on Thursday at 2 AM.
House of Representatives spokesman Matt Ritter said passing recreational marijuana would be as easy as it would be. with bringing the Legislature into a special session
“Because you can block the vote at 11 o’clock on Wednesday night. But we can call ourselves to a special session. And we will vote on Thursday at 6 a.m.,” Ritter said.
Republicans are ready to oppose
“This General Assembly is voting to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes in Connecticut. Because we are aware of the impact this will have on our children. but at the same time We are going to legalize marijuana and allow it to be used in bear jellies,” Candelora said.
The bill will also remove some convictions about marijuana.
“We are now going to legalize what was previously affecting those communities. We want to make sure we are on the right side of history,” Rojas said.
Experts believe the bill could increase tax revenue by hundreds of millions of dollars. And a large sum of $50 million will be allocated to help communities determined to be in the targeted area obtain expedited permits.
Both sides agreed that this was an important step. The debate ends whether in the right or wrong direction.
Democratic Senator Martin Looney said: “I have represented clients whose lives were ruined for the rest of their lives by convictions for minor marijuana offenses when they were young.”
“For the future of Connecticut for our children I asked my colleagues to vote ‘no’,” Republican Senator Kevin Kelly said.
After the bill was passed in the Senate, the Ned Lamont government weighed in.
“I admire the Senate’s passing of a bill to legalize adult cannabis use. The marijuana war, which is at the core of the war against people in the black community and people of color. Not only does it cause increased injustice and inequality in our state. but also little to protect public health and safety. That’s why I’m introducing the bill and working hard with our partners in the legislature to create a comprehensive framework for safe regulated markets that prioritize public health. public safety social justice and equality It will help eliminate dangerous and unregulated markets. and support our growing new sector of the economy. which will lead to jobs and growth This measure covers Protect our children and the weakest in our community. And it will be seen as a national model for regulating the adult cannabis market. I hope the Connecticut House of Representatives will pass this measure and send my desk over.”
The Democrats had a majority and said they expected the bill to pass.
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“We need to reset the clock in this law. And see why provisions are put in place so that individuals can avoid the process,” Candelora said.
meanwhile Lawmakers still have to vote on the budget. and time is running out
“It’s always late, I don’t know why it takes everyone to the bottom of the ninth inning to hit. But we are taking our stride. And I want to think that we can keep the budget. time and there is a real opportunity to gain support from both sides,” Lamont said on Tuesday.
The budget is expected to pass due to support from both parties.