Church leaders in Connecticut gathered on Tuesday to rally in support for draft legislation seeking to legalize marijuana. The Connecticut Clergy Coalition is backing governor Ned Lamont’s legislation as it would regulate and tax marijuana.
The coalition that represents more than 100 congregations said that marijuana regulation would cut across racial, ethnic, and gender lines.
The Connecticut Clergy Coalition is requesting state lawmakers to back the legislation. The legislation would allow people above the age of 21 to possess and buy a maximum of one and a half ounces of marijuana from a licensed dealer.
The Coalition further saif that they are supporting the legislation as it would allow legitimate businesses to sell marijuana and pay tax; thus, fighting drug dealers and other criminals.
The coalition said that the war against drugs has disproportionately affected people of color, low-income communities, and inner-city residents.
Reverend Stephen Camp from Faith Congregational Church in Hartford said that he is tired of seeing young, black, and brown children having their lives disrupted because the state cannot regulate marijuana.
The bill seeking to legalize recreational marijuana was introduced by Governor Lamont. The governor said that he is working together with the neighboring states such as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania which have taken steps to legalize adult-use marijuana or are considering it.
Lamont further said that it would take a short drive to the border for the residents of Connecticut to buy weed from legal states, or they can buy it from the black market within the state.
In his State of the State address, the governor also said that he considers marijuana legalization as a social justice issue.
Reverend Charlie Stallworth of East End Baptists Tabernacle Church in Bridgeport said that it is high time we stand together and reform the failed marijuana policy. It will help the state to move forward in a way that would help lift our communities.
Republican lawmaker, Vincent Candelora said that he is open to helping people impacted by marijuana-related convictions. He also said that he would allow people to cultivate marijuana at their homes, but he is opposed to regulating marijuana sales.
Candelora further said that when you attach profit to cannabis, that is when young children are going to be preyed on.
The Connecticut Clergy Coalition said that the legislation would allow the police to focus on more severe crimes and enhance community relations.
Now that the clergy has spoken loud and clear in support of marijuana legalization, experts think that cannabis companies like No Borders Inc. (OTC: NBDR) are confident that it is just a matter of time before the necessary legal reforms are passed.
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