Connecticut House Speaker Says ‘Optimism Abounds’ As Marijuana Legalization Negotiations Proceed

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“Optimism abounds” as Connecticut lawmakers work to advance a bill to legalize marijuana, House Speaker Matthew Ritter (D) said on Tuesday. Ritter made the comment during a virtual press briefing alongside Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D) and Judiciary Co-chair Steven Stafstrom (D) after the lawmakers were asked about the state of negotiations in the legislature to reconcile various pieces of cannabis legislation, including a plan put forward by Gov. Ned Lamont (D) last month. Rojas said he “wouldn’t say we’re close, but we’re not far off either,” adding that “in principle, equity is important to both the administration and the legislature, and we’re going to work through those details.” To that end, the majority leader said that working groups have been formed in the Democratic caucuses of the House and Senate to go through the governor’s proposal and a separate legalization bill introduced in the House Labor and Public Employees Committee last month. “We’ve seen just a lot of alignment with both. I don’t think we’re far off,” Rojas said. He added that he’s pleased these conversations are taking place in March—rather than later this spring toward the end of the session—so that lawmakers can “get to a place where we can get something that’s acceptable to a majority of the legislature for passage.” Watch the lawmakers discuss plans to pass a marijuana legalization bill, starting around 20:46 into the video below:  Stafstrom, meanwhile, said Lamont’s proposal remains in his panel’s jurisdiction and it’s “a lot further long drafted and a lot more comprehensive than any proposal that’s been before the Judiciary Committee before when it comes to the issues of criminal justice and comes to issues of legalization and driving protections, workplace protections—those types of matters.” “There has been a steady progression over several years, and the bill is…

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