Clock is Ticking for Adult-Use Cannabis Bill in Connecticut 


<![CDATA[The Connecticut Senate passed legislation on Tuesday to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state, but the measure might be at risk as the current legislative session ends Wednesday night. After several hours of debate, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1118 in a 19-17 vote at 1:51 a.m. Tuesday. The bill arrived at the House of Representatives for approval, with lawmakers expected to vote on it during their June 9 session; however, a vote must be conducted before the legislative session ends at midnight to avoid the possibility of a special session. But with House Republicans vowing to filibuster the bill, a special session appears inevitable, the Connecticut Post reported. Democratic Rep. Steve Stafstrom, who co-chairs the Joint Judiciary Committee and co-sponsored a previous version of the adult-use bill earlier this legislative session, said in a Tweet Wednesday afternoon, “[It’s] very unfortunate that the House GOP chose to stay on the sidelines all session long on this issue and then, at the 11th hour, deny a vote in the regular order. But make no mistake, legal cannabis will become law.” In a follow-up statement, Democratic Senate President Martin Looney, who sponsored S.B. 1118, said, “We are disappointed the House Republicans are denying a vote on the cannabis bill. I am proud of the candid, straightforward and purposeful debate the Senate held earlier this week on cannabis and the House should do the same today. Our state deserves to know where their elected representatives stand, and threats of filibuster and partisan games should not get in the way of one of the most important issues of the year.” According to the bill text, the legislation would legalize and regulate the sales of adult-use cannabis in the state, and if passed, retail sales are expected to begin in May 2022. It would also permit individuals 21 years and older to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis in public and up to 5 ounces in their homes. If passed, medical cannabis patients will be allowed to home-cultivate up to three mature and three…

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