Connecticut lawmakers will make new push for marijuana legalization this year

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After
coming
close
in
2019,
Connecticut
lawmakers
will
make
another
push
in
2020
to
regulate
and
tax
marijuana
for
recreational
use.

The
leaders
of
three
key
legislative
committees
met
last
week
to
discuss
the
effort,
said
Rep.
Jason
Rojas,
chairman
of
the
finance,
revenue
and
bonding
committee.

“There’s
still
some
uncertainty
about
how
much
support
there
is
in
the
legislature,”
said
Rojas,
a
Democrat
from
East
Hartford.
“It
will
be
incumbent
on
[legalization
supporters] to
convince
our
colleagues
that
this
is
the
right
thing
to
do.”

Last
year,
advocates
crafted
a
package
of
bills
that
would
have
legalized
and
taxed
recreational
marijuana
while
addressing
the
profound
toll
criminalization
has
taken
on
Latinos
and
African
Americans.

One
of
the
bills
would
have
expunged
arrest
records
for
people
charged
with
minor
drug
offenses.
It
also
included
provisions
designed
to
ensure
minority
entrepreneurs
have
an
entry
point
into
the
multimillion-dollar
marijuana
industry
by
granting
them
first
access
to
cultivation
and
other
types
of
licenses.

That
bill
never
came
up
for
a
vote
and
some
supporters
said
Connecticut
ought
to
pursue
a
different
path
to
legaliztion,
such
as
amending
the
state
constitution
to
allow
the
matter
to
be
put
directly
before
the
voters.
[Read
more
at
Hartford
Courant
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