Legalized Marijuana

Karen DeWitt / New York State Public Radio

Supporters of including legalized recreational marijuana for adults in the state budget rallied at the State Capitol to try to convince lawmakers to move faster on the issue.

Around 200 advocates from the Drug Policy Alliance, VOCAL- NY and other groups held a boisterous rally, at one point blocking off entrances to the Assembly and Senate chambers.

Stanley Fritz of Citizen Action, who spoke at a rally one day earlier, says it’s a matter of justice for communities adversely affected by the cannabis prohibition.

Karen DeWitt / New York State Public Radio

Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana plan to hold rallies each day at the State Capitol this week, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to include the measure in the state budget.  

John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

A controversial bill to regulate the retail sale of recreational marijuana passed an important Connecticut legislative committee on Monday. But Democrats who sponsored the bill say the legislation needs work before it goes to the floor of the General Assembly.

Steven Senne / AP

The chance to include the legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the state budget is fading, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be backing away from the proposal.

Haven Daley / AP

The Democratic chairs of three Connecticut legislative committees each proposed legislation on Thursday to legalize recreational marijuana. The lawmakers want to create incentives for communities affected by the illegal marijuana trade.