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Lamont Signs Hemp Law, Looks Ahead to Marijuana

Brian Scott-Smith
Hemp plants grow in a rural area.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says he is still pushing for the legalization of adult recreational marijuana use. He says he’d like lawmakers to take up the bill next year.

Lamont says legalizing the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana would help sync Connecticut law with that of its neighboring states.

“In Massachusetts right across the border, it’s legal," Lamont says. "New Jersey is voting on it, I think in about three weeks. And I know New York and Rhode Island are both considering it.”

Lamont spoke after he signed into law an amendment to the state's 2019 hemp production plan. The amendment was passed in last month's special session.

The plan allows for 82 hemp growers, two processors and 21 manufactures of hemp by-products in the state. The amendment brings the plan into compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations.

A move to get state lawmakers to approve adult recreational use of marijuana failed to get to a vote last year. Lamont's plans to address marijuana legalization stalled after the legislature had to recess for the pandemic.

“It's something that I think the legislature would probably be considering," Lamont says of recreational marijuana.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.