It's time to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Connecticut
The Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana is a group of like-minded organizations and individuals who are committed to ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition in the Constitution State.
We approach the issue from many perspectives, but we all agree that regulating marijuana like alcohol would be far better than the status quo. We hope you’ll join us.
On February 26, 2021, the Judiciary Committee held a public hearing for S.B. 888 – An Act Responsibly and Equitably Regulating Adult-Use Cannabis – Gov. Lamont’s 2021 legalization proposal. The Coalition implored the committee to advance the bill, but to first make revisions to make it stronger and more explicit on equity.
"What I can say about the bill is that there are things that could make it better and there are things that could make it more equitable. But for anyone to suggest that the bill is not an improvement over what we have right now, I think, would be short-sighted," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
Marijuana prohibition does far more harm than good, and that’s why a majority of Connecticut residents support ending it.
Drug dealers don’t card. Moving marijuana sales into state-licensed outlets would allow for strict regulations against selling to people under 21 years of age.
We need child-resistant packaging, testing products for mold or other contaminants, clear labeling with potency and serving sizes, and bans on certain products.
Regulating marijuana like alcohol will create thousands of good-paying jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and many other fields and bring in over $180 Million per year in taxes.
Marijuana prohibition has been disproportionately targeted at communities of color, and criminal records make it difficult to access many government services or even to get jobs, housing, or further one’s education.