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“It’s still dicey out there,” the governor told today's Economic Summit and Outlook forum, presented by the CBIA. “We’re not going to get our economy back until we can get people back to work.”
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“New Jersey is a watershed for the East Coast,” says Executive Chairman Boris Jordan. “New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut will follow suit and become recreational.”
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) called Lamont’s agenda “a disappointing display of one-party rule and partisan politics."
According to a new study, Connecticut could reap $35-$48 million in direct new revenue during the first year of legalized marijuana sales, which would escalate to $188-$223 million in the fifth year.
The Quest Diagnostics findings also noted U.S drug deaths were up by 5% last year.
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.