As more states transition from marijuana criminalization to a regulated retail marketplace, struggles over the structure of retail sales markets have become a foremost concern. Inabilities in establishing and enacting clear and timely regulations regarding the application and acceptance process for business licenses have caused significant delays in the actualization of retail markets in many states.
Patients who are registered with the state’s medical cannabis access program may now legally grow cannabis for their own personal use.
Over 54,000 Connecticut residents are currently registered to possess and and access medical cannabis
“This legislation recognizes that the responsible use of marijuana by adults should not be a crime, and that those who carry the stigma of a criminal record for their past use of cannabis should receive relief.”
“Marginalized communities have disproportionately suffered for decades because of the discriminatory enforcement of marijuana laws in Connecticut. This bill is a step toward addressing that shameful legacy and it will provide long-needed relief to communities that have historically experienced the collateral consequences of prohibition.”
The House is expected to take up the proposal Wednesday.
“It is not a question of ‘if’ cannabis is legalized in Connecticut, only a question of ‘when.’”
“For decades, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have faced arrest, prosecution, and the lifelong stigma associated with marijuana criminalization, simply for possessing a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol, tobacco, and many prescription medications.”
According to statewide polling data, 63 percent of Connecticut residents support ending marijuana prohibition in the state.