Legislation has been introduced that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Connecticut for people 21 and older.
Rep. Juan Candelaria, a Democrat from New Haven, introduced the bill on Thursday. It would make it legal for adults to grow, sell and use marijuana, subject to some restrictions.
Other New England states have been studying the issue of legalizing marijuana this year. Eight state senators from Masschusetts flew to Colorado to study that state’s legal marijuana program, according to a report in the Boston Globe. And two Democrats in Rhode Island plan to raise a legalization bill this week, according to multiple media reports.
There hasn’t been a wholesale effort to legalize marijuana at the Capitol before but there have been measures brought forward to expand the medicinal program. Language inserted in a 2013 bill would have added a $250 per pound tax on marijuana delivered to dispensaries but also made “pain” a condition that qualifies for the program. [Read more at the Hartford Courant]