Legalized Marijuana

The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford
Johnathon Henninger

Connecticut’s Democratic Governor Ned Lamont and the state’s incoming legislative leaders have outlined their agenda for the 2021 legislative session that begins in January.

Lamont gave his priorities shortly after the results of the November election showed that his party had gained seats in the General Assembly and would have a supermajority in the state Senate. But the governor said he will hold the line on taxes in negotiations to balance the state budget in the wake of the COVID-19 economic downturn.

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Agriculture officials in New York say federal rules for producing hemp are “unrealistic.” The state also said they won’t try to regulate the crop. Hemp farmers say they will have to be very careful without support from the state.

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With support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and many members of the state legislature, 2020 could be the year when New York legalizes the adult use of recreational marijuana. But the issue has become complicated by a widespread lung ailment linked to vaping.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Hartford, Connecticut, on Wednesday to meet with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to announce a joint effort to limit vaping and work toward legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana.

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Connecticut legislative leaders want to pass on to voters the decision on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults.