Looks Like You Can Kiss Legalized Pot Goodbye in Connecticut
If the Bill to legalize marijuana doesn't get on the agenda, it won't get discussed. Simple as that.
Support is fading for legalized marijuana in Connecticut. Actually, there are a lot of voices on both sides of the coin, but it seems as if 2017 won't be the year for Connecticut to pass a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate recreational use marijuana.
According to the Hartford Courant, officials say the bill is not expected to be on the agenda for the Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday, April 7. What that means is it misses the committee's deadline to approve bills, so, no passage of the bill. Plain and simple.
Senator William Tong of Stamford, committee co-chair, told courant.com:
It's clear at this point that there isn't support on the committee for it. It's not an open question. It's not ambiguous
On top of that, every report out there mentions how Governor Malloy isn't a fan of legalizing pot for recreational use in Connecticut. On the other hand, people in favor say it could bring a pretty hefty amount of cash to the state. Senate President Pro Tem, Martin M. Looney told the Hartford Courant:
I believe that Connecticut is ready for a rational, common-sense approach to the legalization and regulation of marijuana. States across the country are reaping the financial benefits of marijuana regulation. With our neighbor Massachusetts poised to be the next state to implement a legalization plan, Connecticut is in danger of being left at a financial disadvantage
So it appears the bill is going out in a blaze of glory, but the fight is far from over.