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Press Release: Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Hires New Co-directors as Efforts Ramp Up to End Cannabis Prohibition

TODAY: The Joint Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to vote on a bill to legalize cannabis possession for adults and expunge records for past convictions

HARTFORD, Conn. — With efforts to end cannabis prohibition ramping up in the Legislature, the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana announced Monday it has hired Kebra Smith-Bolden and Adam Wood to serve as co-directors.

The Joint Committee on Judiciary is expected to vote today on SB 1085, which would legalize possession of cannabis for adults 21 and older and expunge records for past marijuana possession convictions. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building. A separate bill that would regulate the production and sale of cannabis for adult use, HB 7371, was approved by the General Law Committee on March 25. Links to summaries of the bills are available at https://www.regulatect.org/pending-bills.

Kebra Smith-Bolden is a registered nurse and president of Connecticut United for Reform and Equity (CURE CT), a Connecticut-based advocacy organization focused on ensuring 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. She is also CEO of CannaHealthTM, which provides medical cannabis program evaluations and education to disadvantaged communities. Smith-Bolden hosts the weekly radio program “Keep Connecticut Healthy” on WYBC 94.3 FM, and she is a co-host of “Cannabis Corner” on WNHH 103.5 FM.

Adam Wood 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.

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