The Connecticut General Assembly green lit legalizing adult-use cannabis last week.
New Democratic Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut avoided, sort of, the usual politician-speak when asked if the public could expect to see him smoking a joint once cannabis becomes legal in the state.
“Time will tell,” Lamont responded to the question, a clip of which has been shared liberally on social media.
“Really, you’re open to it?” asked the clearly surprised interviewer, facing a half-smiling governor. Lamont then shrugged. “Not right now, but we’ll see,” he said with a somewhat nervous laugh.
Those commenting on the clip ran the gamut from supportive of the governor’s response to scathing. “By all means legalize it but have a little consideration for others,” read one tweet. “He’s cool. He hosted a battle of the [bands Woodstock-themed concert], I was there and knew our [governor would] blaze up if he still could,” read another. And while some touted the benefits of cannabis, “It can help you sleep better,” others turned more hostile, “[You’re] a very poor leader.”
Late last week, the Connecticut General Assembly gave the green light to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. “It’s fitting that the bill legalizing the adult use of cannabis and addressing the injustices caused by the war of drugs received final passage today, on the 50-year anniversary of President (Richard) Nixon declaring the war,” Lamont said in a statement.
The new law is meant to be “a comprehensive framework for a securely regulated market that prioritizes public health, public safety, social justice and equity. It will help eliminate the dangerous unregulated market and support a new, growing sector of our economy, which will create jobs,” he added.
Connecticut is located amidst a sea of states that have already taken or are preparing to take the cannabis legalization plunge.
It is expected Lamont will sign the bill into law sometime this week, making Connecticut the fourth state this year to move forward with legalization, Marijuana Moment reports.
Come July 1, those 21 or older in the state will be able to carry 1.5 ounces (43 grams) of dried flower (amounts are less for concentrates) and as much as five ounces (142 grams) in a locked container in their home or their vehicle trunk. Getting weed legally, though, will have to wait until next year when legal retail stores are expected to open their doors, according to Leafly.
Under federal law in the U.S., cannabis remains illegal. President Joe Biden has been clear that he would like to decriminalize cannabis but appears less enthusiastic about federally legalizing the plant.
Just this past April, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki opted to avoid a question about whether or not President Biden would sign or veto a bill calling for weed legalization, Marijuana Moment reported at the time.
A survey released earlier this year found that 61 per cent of respondents in the U.S. say they favour legalizing cannabis, making it the most pressing national policy issue from a list of options. That percentage dwarfed the 39 per cent of people who gave any such proposal a thumbs-down.
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