Ten states are now regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol, but most of those measures were enacted by ballot initiative, where the public votes on a single proposal. Since Connecticut’s Constitution does not allow for ballot initiatives, we are working to pass a bill to regulate marijuana through the legislature.
In March and April 2019, three legislative committees advanced bills to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis, but the legislature adjourned on June 5 without bringing them to a vote. Summaries of the bills are available here.
A few days before the session ended, a new poll was published by the Hartford Courant and Sacred Heart University. It confirmed, once again, that Connecticut residents strongly support legalizing cannabis and expunging criminal records for low-level offenses.
It’s disappointing that the opponents of sensible cannabis policies were able to create enough uncertainty and confusion to delay our progress. However, legislative leaders and Gov. Ned Lamont have made it clear that they support legalizing and regulating cannabis, so we are confident that we will be able to finish the job.
Stay tuned for details on 2020 legislation!