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As Gov. Ned Lamont promised, there are no new major tax increases.
Senate Bill 1118 would allow the purchase and possession of marijuana at age 21, beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
The share of U.S. jobs requiring an occupational license increased from 5% in the 1950s to 22% in 2020.
It won’t be “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” at many businesses.
Approval of Gov. Ned Lamont’s job performance rose from 55.9% to 57.3%.
"They could be really valid ideas," Fiorello said of Democratic proposals, "(but) do they have to be mandates?”
The bill would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and purchase products from licensed stores, which could open as early as May 2022.
“Give me a couple of weeks," the governor told the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce this morning about allowing more capacity at a range of events. "I don’t want to open wide and then pull back.”
Although one supporter calls Lamont's bill “as tightly written as I have ever seen,” others say it does not go far enough in making the playing field equitable -- and other opponents object to legalizing marijuana at all.
“We don’t have the luxury of doing one thing at a time,” Lamont declared. “There’s too much at stake.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
Advocates have projected that Connecticut could make $70 million in the first year of legalization and approximately $160 million in each following year.
A bill that establishes 1.5 ounces as the amount of marijuana that can be legally possessed for recreational use passed mostly along party lines.
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