Connecticut lawmakers have been saying for months that a bill to legalize marijuana had no chance of approval during an election year, and the bill has now been withdrawn.
Rep. Juan Candelaria, a New Haven Democrat who was the measure’s chief proponent, brought out an amendment for recreational use Wednesday night on a related bill, but he then withdrew it.
During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Candelaria said that Connecticut should join the trend of legalization in places like Alaska, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
“By not taking action, we have failed our voters,” Candelaria said. “Connecticut should follow in their footsteps. … We have a mechanism to balance this budget, and we refuse to use it.”
He added, “Maybe this may not be the year. … Legalization is my wish, but my wish may not be granted today.” [Read more at the Hartford Courant]