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Connecticut lawmakers pass first bill on legalizing marijuana

March 25, 2019 - 3:41 pm

HARTFORD (1010 WINS/AP) – Supporters of legal marijuana scored a win in Connecticut on Monday after lawmakers passed one of several bills aimed at clearing the way for legalizing weed in the state.  

The General Law Committee debated the legislation, which creates a new cannabis control commission within the Department of Consumer Protection and permits people 21 and older to purchase marijuana. It also tackles who would be allowed to grow the plant.

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The bill is one of several up for debate this session that would legalize marijuana. WFSB in Hartford reports that the Judiciary Committee will vote on its bills Thursday.

The committee's co-chairman, Democratic Rep. Michael D'Agostino of Hamden, says all the pieces will eventually be included in one comprehensive bill.

Opponents of legal weed have expressed concerns about the possibility of more driving fatalities and increased drug abuse among teens.

But supporters say the bill looks to address past racial disparities in drug arrests.

On Monday, New Jersey lawmakers canceled a vote on legalizing marijuana, likely setting the possibility of legalization back months in that state.

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