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Connecticut Marijuana Advocates to Testify Today at Committee Hearing

March 15, 2018

 

Hartford, CT -- Mar. 15, 2017 -- / D.M.O. Newswire / -- The House General Law Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday to consider a bill that would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol in Connecticut. Becky Dansky of the Marijuana Policy Project and Sam Tracy of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, as well as other advocates, are expected to testify in favor of the bill and discuss the logistics of creating a regulated marijuana program. The hearing will take place in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building at 10 a.m. ET.

 

HB 5458, which was introduced by the committee, would allow adults age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of marijuana concentrate, as well as cultivate up to six plants at home. The bill would also establish a Marijuana Control Commission to oversee licensing of cultivation, processing, testing, and retail facilities and enforce regulations created by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection. Driving under the influence would remain illegal.

 

“A large majority of Connecticut residents want to regulate marijuana for adults for a variety of reasons, including helping the state dig itself out of its financial woes,” said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Constituents will be very happy that their representatives are seriously considering how the state can create a tightly controlled legal marijuana program. Several nearby states are already in the process of implementing their regulated systems, and we are confident that Connecticut has the ability to create one of the strongest programs in the country.”

 

There are nine states that have made marijuana legal for adults, as well as the District of Columbia. Neighboring Massachusetts is in the process of implementing its regulated marijuana market, and legislators in nearby New Jersey and Rhode Island are considering legalization bills this year.

 

A poll conducted by Sacred Heart University in October 2017 showed that 71% of Connecticut residents support regulating and taxing marijuana for adults.

 

Becky Dansky and Sam Tracy will both be available for interviews at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building, where supportive lawmakers will be holding a press conference prior to the hearing.

 

Becky Dansky and Sam Tracy will both be available for interviews at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building, where supportive lawmakers will be holding a press conference prior to the hearing.

 

WHAT: General Law Committee hearing on bill to regulate marijuana for adults in Connecticut

WHEN: Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m. ET

WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Room 2C, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

WHO: House General Law Committee
Becky Dansky, Marijuana Policy Project
Sam Tracy, Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana

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