Wide-ranging marijuana bills offered in CT

March 14, 2019

HARTFORD — A dozen different bills will be the core of the General Assembly’s wide-reaching legislation on the full legalization of marijuana for recreational use and retail sales, Democratic committee leaders announced Thursday afternoon.

The bills will originate in the Judiciary, General Law, and Finance committee and will include the erasure of criminal records for possession; a standard for driving while under the influence; and a tax rate for sales, with a chance for cannabis licenses to go to inner-city communities that have been impacted by the disproportionate law enforcement.

The legislation would also allow towns to prohibit or restrict marijuana sales.

While it remains to be seen whether enough support can be mustered for the package in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate, the comprehensive legislation would be administered in a new agency, the Cannabis Control Commission, within the state Department of Consumer Protection, similar to the state Liquor Control Commission. Consumer Protection has run the state’s successful medical-cannabis program since 2012.

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