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Connecticut General Assembly Decides Against Marijuana Legalization

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Connecticut’s General Assembly has decided against marijuana legalization even though polls indicate that Connecticut residents want marijuana legalized and prior convictions expunged. Efforts may surface in enough time to put marijuana legalization efforts on 2020 ballots.

A recent Hartford Courant and Sacred Heart University poll shows that 59% of respondents support marijuana legalization, according to the Hartford Courant. Respondents also showed 61% support for expunging low-level marijuana convictions. The poll was conducted between May 10 and May 23, receiving 1,000 responses during phone and digital surveys.

Lesley DeNardis of the Institute for Public Policy at Sacred Heart University said, “It’s interesting that they’re not going to vote on it. I think [the poll] certainly shows the strong public support in favor of legalization.”

To get a ballot measure to qualify for the 2020 election, 75% of the House and Senate would have to agree to allowing voters to decide.

Republicans in Connecticut are more supportive of expunging low-level marijuana convictions than legalizing it. The poll showed that 56% support expunging records and only 44.4% supporting legalization.