Connecticut recently received some big news in regards to cannabis legalization in the form of legislation for adult-use and retail sales concerning cannabis. The bill has been passed through the General Law Committee with a 10-8 majority vote. Furthermore, the legislation also includes strong language in regards to social justice concerning incentives for minorities participating in Connecticut’s cannabis market. Also, the bill establishes a study centered around the impacts of provisions left out of the bill (like micro-businesses and home-growing ops) and their potential impacts on the state’s new cannabis industry.
The next step for this new legislation is to make it past voting by Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee at the end of the month. If the bill passes through, as well as a floor vote, the legislation will see it’s way to the Governor’s desk. Lamont, Governor of Connecticut, has been quite vocal about his intentions of passing cannabis legalization into law within the state if given the chance. In fact, he has mentioned several times that it is one of his administration’s main priorities.
All of the above taken into consideration, if the state passes this legislation into law, it would make history as the very first state to pass regulatory framework for retail sale of cannabis without a ballot measure by popular vote of the people. That said, it looks like massive reform is underway in Connecticut.