Governor-elect Ned Lamont said he’s ready to move ahead on recreational marijuana legislation in January because it’s all around us. The Governor-elect is just back from Colorado where he said legalized recreational marijuana is working out fine.
He supported the idea of bringing legalized recreational marijuana to Connecticut all during the campaign and said again Monday that he’s ready to support that type of legislation in the new General Assembly Session. He added, “I don’t want the ‘black market’ controlling marijuana distribution in our state. I think that’s a lousy way to go. You’re right, Canada, Massachusetts, others are doing it. That’s going to lead to some enforcement things. In the meantime, we enforce Connecticut laws, but I think you know where I want to go on that issue.”
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One estimate, using the Colorado law as a model, stated that Connecticut could raise between $60 and $100 million the first year, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana.
A bill passed a legislative committee in the Assembly last April, but never came up for a vote in the House or Senate.