The Judiciary Committee in Connecticut’s Assembly has also approved a bill that will pave the way for marijuana legalization. This is after the General Law Committee also approved a bill on cannabis legalization.
The move to legalize recreational cannabis in Connecticut is still in its early stages, and the legislators have opted to draft different bills covering different aspects of legalization before merging all those bills into one once they are passed by the relevant committees.
The bill before the Judiciary Committee was hotly contested and it passed with a slim majority (21 votes in favor and 19 against).
If the bill becomes law, adults who are 21 or older would be allowed to possess a maximum of 1.5 ounces of cannabis and a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis concentrates. The bill outlaws the home cultivation of cannabis.
During the meeting of the Judiciary Committee, some members expressed concerns about the possible effects of cannabis legalization on impaired driving and youth consumption. However, many of these individuals acknowledged that voting against the bill would be a futile undertaking since cannabis legalization was inevitable.
The bill eventually passed, and it is now headed to the Finance Committee. Thereafter, the different bills will be combined into one prior to being tabled before the entire legislative assembly for consideration.
Cannabis advocates generally support the bill, although they suggest that it should be improved in several aspects.
One area of improvement suggested by the Marijuana Policy Project has to do with the expungement provisions. The advocates suggest that all prior cannabis convictions should be expunged. They also want the bill to include a provision that allows residents to grow their own recreational marijuana.
Other advocates also want the law to be clear about the way in which the different communities that suffered the brunt of the so-called war on drugs can benefit from the opportunities created in the legal cannabis industry.
As things stand, both sides on this debate may have to make concessions if the bill is to have a chance of becoming a law soon. Otherwise, a lack of consensus and compromise may create a situation similar to what has played out in New York State where adult-use cannabis could not be included in the state budget due to disagreements regarding the way in which the legalization policy would be implemented.
Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) hope that the path to cannabis legalization gets smoother as the different bills leave the different House Committees in Connecticut.
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