Connecticut Governor Says Marijuana Legalization Will Be Decided By Voters If Lawmakers Fail To Enact Reform

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The governor of Connecticut said on Wednesday that if lawmakers fail to pass a marijuana legalization bill, he expects voters to decide on the issue via referendum. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) was asked about the status of cannabis reform in Connecticut at a press conference, and he noted that a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use that he’s backing cleared the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after being amended by the panel. That said, as was made clear by lawmakers at that hearing, the governor said the legislation as it currently stands is not the final product. “I think there’s going to be a couple of more iterations on this,” Lamont said. Watch the governor talk about marijuana policy in Connecticut in the video below, starting around 42:50:  Considering that cannabis is legal in Massachusetts and was recently legalized in New York, Lamont said, “it’s time for Connecticut to do this on a very regulated basis. Otherwise I don’t want to also surrender it to the underground market, which is really dangerous.” Legislators now have “their fingerprints” on the reform proposal and still need to reach an agreement on provisions such as how to allocate tax revenue in an equitable way, so “it’s going to take a couple more loops, but I think we’ll get it done.” If lawmakers don’t in fact get it done, the governor said, he anticipates the question of legalization will go to voters. “Marijuana is sort of interesting to me. When it goes to a vote of the people through some sort of a referendum, it passes overwhelmingly. When it goes through a legislature and a lot of telephone calls are made, it’s slim or doesn’t pass,” Lamont said. “We’re trying to do it through the legislature. Folks are elected to make a decision, and…

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