Gov. Ned Lamont will be meeting lawmakers in his office in the coming week to finalize negotiations on a plan to legalize cannabis in the state of Connecticut. A recent poll shows that the majority of voters in the state support the change in policy.
Enacting the reform, which has been an objective of various legislators as well as Lamont’s administration, has become a top priority now that the legislative session will be coming to a close less than a month from now.
Several meetings on the issue have been held to decide what a legal marijuana market should look like. Despite this, however, there are still a few things that need to be resolved. House Majority Leader Jason Rojas said that negotiations were currently focusing on the eligibility criteria to be used for social equity applicants. Any individual who could qualify as such would be afforded benefits in the process of marijuana business licensing.
Earlier this month, Matt Ritter, the House Speaker, stated that the legislature was open to discussing the issue during a special session in an attempt to sort out the differences between the legalization initiatives that had been presented by Lamont and legislators.
Marijuana advocates in the state are pleased with the discussions being conducted, with CURE CT policy director Jason Ortiz noting that it was encouraging to see legislators focusing on working to get things right. CURE CT is an advocacy group that supports the legalization of marijuana. Ortiz is also part of the legalization group assembled by the governor, which gave recommendations on social equity.
The aforementioned poll, which was conducted by the Sacred Heart University, shows that of the state’s residents, 64% are in favor of the legalization of adult use marijuana. Additionally, 62% of those who responded to the poll stated that they were in favor of the expungement of previous marijuana convictions while another 76% were of the opinion that cannabis had fewer effects than alcohol.
The survey was conducted between April 20 and 26, 2021, and involved 1,000 residents in the state. Its results are consistent with past poll results on cannabis legalization.
Earlier in April, a measure to legalize adult use cannabis that was presented as part of the budget by Lamont was approved by the Judiciary Committee after a few amendments were made by the panel. Lamont revealed that if the initiative wasn’t enacted in 2021, it would be brought before voters on the state’s 2022 ballot.
It is good to see legislators and the governor doing their best to ensure that cannabis policy reform takes place. Such occurrences may offer hope to marijuana industry players such as Canada-based Pac Roots Cannabis Corp. (CSE: PACR) (OTCQB: PACRF) (FSE: 4XM) that their US-based counterparts will one day have nearly uniform cannabis regulations governing all states as is the case across the border in Canada.
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