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Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana

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Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana

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The Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana is composed of organizations and individuals committed to ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. We approach the issue from many perspectives, but unite in calling for:

  • the removal of penalties for adults 21 and older who use marijuana responsibly, or who grow personal amounts of marijuana in their home;
  • protecting consumers and reducing the illicit market by regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol;
  • creating a new industry that provides opportunities for all, including farmers, workers, and communities historically targeted by marijuana prohibition; and
  • including sensible regulations to protect the environment, safeguard public health and safety, and prevent youth marijuana use.

The Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana is funded by the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization.

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Kebra Smith-Bolden

Kebra Smith-Bolden

Co-Director

Kebra is a registered nurse and president of Connecticut United for Reform and Equity (CURE CT), a Connecticut-based advocacy organization focused on ensuring that racial equity is achieved as the state ends its prohibition of cannabis and begins to heal the decades of harm it has caused to minority communities. Kebra is New England regional director for Minorities for Medical Marijuana and CEO of CannaHealthTM, which provides medical cannabis program evaluations and education to disadvantaged communities. Smith-Bolden also hosts the weekly radio program “Keep Connecticut Healthy” on WYBC 94.3 FM, and she co-hosts the “Cannabis Corner” on WNHH 103.5 FM.

Adam Wood

Adam Wood

Co-Director

Adam has more than 20 years of experience conducting successful advocacy campaigns for a wide range of clients, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Association for Justice, Tesla, the Sierra Club, Consumers for Sensible Energy, and major municipalities. He previously served as chief of staff for the City of Bridgeport and the New York State Thruway Authority; political and finance director of the Connecticut State Democratic Party; state Senate spokesman; and senior advisor for numerous statewide campaigns, including Gov. Ned Lamont and Treasurer Denise Nappier. 

Sam Tracy

Sam Tracy

Director Emeritus

Sam was born and raised in South Windsor, CT, and became active in drug policy reform while a student at the University of Connecticut. As a leader of UConn Students for Sensible Drug Policy, he played a part in the successful campaigns for marijuana decriminalization and medical marijuana, as well as overdose prevention and broader criminal justice reform. While a student, he also interned for Senate President Donald Williams, served on the ACLU's board of directors, and was elected president of UConn's student government. 

After graduating, Sam went on to work in public policy and the legal marijuana industry, becoming intimately familiar with how states are currently regulating marijuana and areas where they can improve. He is thrilled to be leading the campaign for marijuana regulation in his home state, and hopes the Connecticut legislature will listen to voters and adopt this common-sense reform.