Recreational marijuana sparked big debate at the Capitol on Friday as the public got their turn the sound off to lawmakers. Several new bills are being put forward, and the basic idea is to limit recreational marijuana to under 1.5 ounces to anyone over the age of 21. But it did not make a decision on whether or not it can be homegrown.
Attorney Aaron Romano testified at the hearings today and says the state can still tax and regulate homegrown marijuana, but to not allow individuals to grow their own plants, would be corruption in its purest sense.
“You can’t legalize an agricultural crop, or commodity or plant, and then tell people the only place you can access it is through a state sanctioned monopoly,” Romano said.
Another group testifying doctors. Matthew Katz is with the Connecticut State Medical Society. They believe more researched is needed before legalizing it with one stroke of a pen. All the side effects need to be studied from the addictive nature, to secondhand smoke.
“Most of the people that take in marijuana inhale it, smoke it, and our concern is that there would be the same negative effects. We don’t want marijuana to be in the 21st century what big tobacco was in the 20th century,” Katz said.
The Connecticut State Medical Society does not have a problem with medical marijuana.