UPDATE: The state House has passed the original version of the recreational marijuana bill. A final vote is expected tomorrow. Original story below.
Recreational marijuana could be
back on track in Connecticut one day after Gov. Ned Lamont threatened to veto
The Connecticut House of
Representatives is voting on the original version of the cannabis legalization
bill. Lamont says he will sign this version.
The changes made
by the Senate Tuesday would have let people with prior marijuana convictions
qualify for “social equity” licenses no matter where they live.
think we had a deal. We had an agreed upon process – really good emphasis upon
equity, really good emphasis – emphasizing our most distressed
communities,” says Lamont.
The House dropped the changes over
some Democrats’ objections.
the governor says he’s going to veto it, I think that was the end of the
conversation for a lot of people,” says House Speaker Matt Ritter.
Under the plan,
marijuana would be fully legal on July 1 if you’re at least 21 years old.
Retail sales would start next May, and you can grow your own plants
Critics say some
progressive lawmakers hijacked the process.
“This is the
kind of bill that shouldn’t belong to any individual legislator, right? The
ramifications of this bill are too large,” says state Rep. Jason Rojas.
Republicans, most still aren’t on board.
libertarians that believe that marijuana should be allowed for people to have
‘home grow.’ This is not what this bill does,” says state House Minority
Leader Vin Candelora.
If it passes today, it will have to
go back to the Senate because both chambers have to pass the same version. News
12 is told the final vote could happen Thursday.
If it fails to pass, the bill will
If it passes, the state Senate will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for a final vote.