Connecticut Cannabis Legalization Bill Approved By Judicial Committee
The Connecticut Legislative Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the cannabis legalization bill proposed by Governor Ned Lamont (D) and added a host of amendments, including allowing medical cannabis patients to cultivate their own plants and strengthening the social equity provisions of the proposal, the CT mirror reports.
The changes include the authorization only of existing medical cannabis dispensaries and social equality applicants to open adult cannabis facilities from July 2021 to January 2024; require all cannabis operators to have social equity plans; provide apprenticeship and workforce programs to ensure that people in communities most affected by the war on drugs can find employment in the industry; and directing 55% of cannabis revenues towards social equity efforts. Fifteen percent of the remaining funds would be used for drug and drug prevention services, with 30 percent going to general state funds, the report said.
The amendments, which were adopted by the 22-16 committee in the party sense, would also allow medical cannabis patients to grow up to six plants starting next year.
Representative Steven Stafstrom (D), co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, said during the hearing that he expected the legislation “to be subject to further review as it occurs. will progress through the legislative process and its next assignment committee ”.
“It’s the knowledge of this committee whether this drug should be legal or not. And that is, I believe, the main vote that we take as a judicial committee here today, is whether to legalize cannabis or not. I would say this is long overdue in the state of Connecticut, for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that this is a drug that is generally thought to be less addictive. and less harmful to the body than many other drugs that we have already legalized and regulated here in the state of Connecticut, including tobacco and alcohol. “- Stafstrom via the mirror
Lamont included cannabis reforms as part of his speech on the State of the State in January.
Last month, the Labor and Public Employees Committee approved a measure that would require labor peace agreements for the state’s cannabis industry. This bill also includes a program to provide low-interest grants or loans to small cannabis businesses in the state and on tribal lands and prohibits employers from discriminating against employees – or potential employees – who use cannabis outside of work.
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