Connecticut: Cannabis Gifting Ban Gets Harsh Feedback in Public Hearing

Connecticut: Cannabis Gifting Ban Gets Harsh Feedback in Public Hearing
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CT News reports Cannabis advocates pushed back Tuesday on an attempt by the state legislature to prohibit gifting of the plant in an effort to prevent sellers from circumventing Connecticut’s budding recreational retail industry.  The legislature’s General Law Committee heard public testimony on a bill based on recommendations from the Social Equity Council created by last year’s cannabis legalization bill. The most controversial element of the bill would prevent residents from gifting the plant or face up to a year in prison and $10,000 fine. The provision prompted a small protest outside the state Capitol Tuesday morning and several people spoke in opposition to it during the hearing. The committee’s co-chairman, Rep. Michael D’Agostino, D-Hamden, sought to stem criticism at the outset of the hearing by explaining that the bill’s intent was not to prevent residents from giving cannabis to their friends or family. Instead, the provision was aimed at what he called “retail gifting events.” As an example, D’Agostino described a Tupperware party where cannabis was used as currency. “‘Instead of cash, bring cannabis,’ and that’s the transaction. That would be prevented versus … your friends are coming over for a book club and you bake cannabis brownies. Have at it,” D’Agostino said. “The former would be prevented. The latter would not.” However, several members of the public offered testimony opposing the provision, calling any step that potentially put someone behind bars for actions related to cannabis a step in the wrong direction. “The citizens of the state of Connecticut and those of us specifically within the cannabis community, culture, advocacy and industry cannot fathom such draconian language around this plant,” Duncan Markovich of Branford said. Another resident, Douglas Moore, told the committee he was born without arms and legs, lived on a fixed income, and relied on the…

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