The debate over legalizing recreational marijuana will be the focus of a public hearing on Friday morning.
The current proposal at the State Capitol is complex and still changing. It involves three different committees that would handle the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of recreational marijuana.
The Department of Consumer Protection would regulate the program.
Under the bill, sales would be limited to people 21 years and older. Taxes would be about 20-percent.
“If we pass this at the end of the session in June and the governor signs it and we use the existing infrastructure for medical with our distributors and growers already in place, I feel like we could have sales by the end of the year,” said Rep. Mike D’Agostino, (D) General Law Committee.
Those who are opposed say the health effects are still unknown and that driving while high is a public safety concern.
Friday’s hearing begins at 10 a.m. in Hartford.