Marijuana Ballot Measure Wins Inspire Neighboring State Officials To Step Up Push For Legalization

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The surge of state-level marijuana legalization victories on Election Day is already having a ripple effect, with policymakers and advocates in nearby states arguing that the reform wins demonstrate the need to enact similar policy changes in their jurisdictions. From New York to New Mexico, calls to pursue legalization have been renewed post-election. The governor of Connecticut, for example, said Tuesday’s vote to legalize marijuana in neighboring New Jersey—in addition to ongoing cannabis reform efforts throughout the Northeast—underscores the need for his state to enact the policy change in a regionally coordinated manner. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) was asked on Wednesday about the prospects of legalizing marijuana for adult use in Connecticut, especially since the state legislature gained additional Democratic seats following the election. He said that and other issues are “on the table” and that legalization could bring in needed tax revenue. He also discussed the regional implications of cannabis reform efforts is surrounding states. Taking a lesson from regional public safety safety policies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Lamont said “my thinking is sort of similar when it comes to marijuana.” “If we do something, we do it on a regional basis,” he said. “New Jersey has done this,…

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