Connecticut lawmakers are expected to debate marijuana legalization in this legislative session. State leaders are feeling the pressure of neighboring states that have already legalized adult use marijuana. Connecticut needs the tax revenue as well.
Governor Ned Lamont and Democratic Senate leaders agree that times have changed and now is the time to legalize marijuana in Connecticut beyond medicinal use, Patch reported. Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney also agrees that the time is now. He commented that not legalizing marijuana now would be similar to maintaining alcohol prohibition.
Looney said, “I don’t think we want to put our heads in the sand.”
The expected taxes on marijuana sales would be high at 25% plus state sales tax. But, the state could use the projected $70 million in tax revenue for multiple purposes. Support for adult use marijuana is increasing in Connecticut – slowly, but it is increasing.
Lamont said, “I think times are changing, like I said look at what all of our neighboring states are doing, right now we have hundreds of people driving to Massachusetts every day, every week to buy recreational cannabis, is that in the best interest of this state.”