HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Right now, two House bills have been floated at the Capitol to test the waters for legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Al Domeika runs Prime Wellness in South Windsor. They were one of the state’s first medical marijuana facilities, and are interested to hear more about the proposals.
“We are already dispensing marijuana in a medical pharmaceutical model, so we would be set up to do it recreationally as well,” said Domeika.
The bills would allow anyone 21 and older to use marijuana and require the state to regulate how it is sold and grown, but they don’t go into any details beyond that. Domeika questions how the state would monitor the program.
“Not really sure how the state is going to view the recreational program if it will be dispensed under a pharmacist’s supervision,” said Domeika.
Other states in New England are considering legalizing the drug. In New Hampshire, they preliminarily approved recreational use. Rhode Island tried to pass legislation last year but failed, and Vermont, Maine and Massachsetts are considering different measures this year. In South Windsor, a woman who doesn’t want to be identified works next to the dispensary and is open to recreational marijuana.
“I have a lot of people in my life that it has benefited, so I feel like if it was easier for people to obtain and it is okay for them to use it, then awesome,” said the woman.
One of the biggest concerns for people we talked to was how police are going to enforce a DUI, smoking too much pot and driving. It’s not like you can put a breathalyzer to your mouth and test how much THC is in their system. The woman who is in favor of recreational use doesn’t want to be out there driving next to a person who has smoked too much weed and is on the road.
“I don’t think anything you can’t drink and do should you be able to smoke and do,” said another woman. “So you can’t drive or operate any heavy machinery, you can sit around and draw.”