Marijuana Legalization Debated At Connecticut Capitol

March 22, 2019 - 4:18 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — How a legalized reactional marijuana industry might work in Connecticut and the ramifications of taking such a step are being discussed at the state Capitol.

Two legislative committees on Friday were hearing testimony on several marijuana-related bills, including the creation of a new Cannabis Control Commission to regulate the industry and an overhaul of the state's criminal statutes to allow people at least 21 to buy and use marijuana.

There are also provisions in the bills that would erase some past convictions for marijuana-related crimes, prohibit both a driver and passenger from using marijuana, and make it clear employees don't have to allow employees to use or possess cannabis in the workplace.

It remains unclear whether there's enough support for marijuana legalization. Numerous opponents are warning about the negative consequences.