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If approved by the state Department of Consumer Protection, the deal will give Curaleaf control of three of the state’s 18 dispensaries.
“We can no longer stick our heads in the sand,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in written testimony on Monday. “Cannabis currently, and will be increasingly, available to residents of Connecticut. While I do not believe that cannabis is a riskless drug, I do believe our state is better off developing a well-regulated market for cannabis.”
On tolls, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the governor “needs to once and for all just give it up. He’s changed positions so many times, and the way it stands now it’s not going to make anywhere near the money that’s needed.”
The bill leaves room for individual municipalities to determine their own policies when it comes to allowing retail sales of marijuana within their jurisdictions, but they would not be allowed to prevent delivery services from operating within their borders.
Attracting more business to Connecticut, reducing some taxes and tuition fees, legalizing marijuana – and, of course, bringing tolls back to state highways – were some of the themes of Gov. Ned Lamont’s “State of the State” address at the State Capitol’s Hall of the House of Representatives on Feb. 5.
Lamont’s $22.3 budget proposal keeps taxes essentially flat, while projecting a Budget Reserve Fund of $2.8 billion by the close of Fiscal Year 2020.
New York is frequently mentioned by media outlets as one of the states most likely to pass legalization bills this year, while Connecticut's Democratic leadership has cited the issue as a priority in 2020.
Advocates have projected that Connecticut could make $70 million in the first year of legalization and approximately $160 million in each following year.
"When it is time for harvesting, you are dealing with plants the height of a man," Lonsdale said.
As of Dec. 22, there were 38,421 registered medical marijuana patients in Connecticut, with 8,362 of those in Fairfield County.
Vireo Health International's recreational brand 1937 -- named after the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 – “signifies our right to reclaim cannabis and to stand up for wellness, social justice and equality for all,” according to a company executive.
The Larchmont couple “should be denied discharge and their bankruptcy should be dismissed,” Lee Owens states in an Oct. 3 adversary proceeding, “due to their abuse of (the) bankruptcy system."
One of the conditions, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, is a group of disorders that affect connective tissues and can be painful.
The independent, family-owned E-Alternative Solutions will introduce Forth Cannabidiol at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) conference in Atlanta, being held Oct. 1-4.