Budget signed, legalization left out

On Tuesday, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a $41.3 billion, two-year state budget that increases taxes by approximately $1 billion over that period. That number could have been significantly reduced had the budget included taxing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use.

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Marijuana taxes could #SaveUConn

On September 16, the Connecticut General Assembly shocked the state by passing a Republican budget, despite Democrats holding a slim majority of seats in the House and a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. Governor Malloy vetoed the budget, and the legislature declined to override his veto. That means Connecticut is still without a budget, though some lawmakers are asking to use the legislature’s bill as the starting point for further negotiations. Yet according to officials at the University of Connecticut, that budget would have decimated our state’s flagship university.

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Budget stalemate continues; make legalization part of the solution

On Friday, Governor Dannel Malloy vetoed the budget the General Assembly passed after a handful of Democrats supported the Republican proposal. Leaders continue to explore cuts and revenue options to close the divide, but most of those options are highly unpopular.

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Connecticut's Next Cash Crop

I was sad to read "Foreign Competition, Labor Costs Push Connecticut Shade Tobacco Farmers To The Edge" [courant.com, June 15]. As teenagers, both of my parents picked tobacco as summer jobs, and places like my hometown of South Windsor have lost nearly all of their farmland over the past decade. Shade tobacco is a big part of our state's history and an important source of employment and revenue. To give farmers a new cash crop, we should legalize marijuana for adults in Connecticut.

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Letter to legislators: Responding to common questions about regulating marijuana

Dear Connecticut Legislator, I know you have no shortage of difficult decisions to make in the next week as the session winds down — not the least of which is whether taxing and regulating marijuana for adult use is right for Connecticut.

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Regulate Pot Like Liquor

At first glance, the data described in "AAA: Study Shows CT May Have More Drugged Drivers Than Other States" [courant.com, May 3] was shocking. Even though I strongly support regulating marijuana like alcohol, it is clear that people should not be driving under the influence of any drugs that make them a danger to themselves and the countless people they share the road with.

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Marijuana policy forum at Yale, Tuesday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

Thanks to supporters like you, our growing coalition to regulate marijuana now includes 14 organizations and 17 individual community leaders. One of those organizations is Yale Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), and tomorrow night, they’ll be hosting a public forum on marijuana legalization. Can you make it?

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It's not over until June 7. Tell lawmakers to regulate marijuana like alcohol!

Rumors have been circulating that marijuana regulation is dead. While it’s true that SB 11 didn’t make it out of the Judiciary Committee, we knew that we’d meet strong resistance there, and the fight for marijuana regulation is far from over.

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