Connecticut House Passes Cannabis Advertising, Gifting, Zoning Bill

Connecticut House Passes Cannabis Advertising, Gifting, Zoning Bill

<![CDATA[Sharing a border with Massachusetts and New York, Connecticut no longer wants to see cannabis advertising from out-of-staters leading up to its own adult-use retail launch later this year. Or at least that’s the way lawmakers voted earlier this week. With bipartisan support, Connecticut House members voted, 98-48, to pass House Bill 5329. In part, the legislation takes aim at banning those without a Connecticut-issued cannabis license from advertising cannabis products or services within the state. The legislative action comes after billboard ads from out-of-state cannabis retailers started emerging along roadways near the state’s border with Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported. The bill is being sponsored by the Joint Committee on General Law, which Rep. Mike D’Agostino, D-Hamden, chairs. D’Agostino said lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who represent border towns approached the committee and said, “Look, I’m sick of seeing these billboards with cannabis leaves splayed all across them, within 1,500 yards across from a school or church or whatever. Can’t we do something more about that?” the AP reported. But the border-town lawmakers aren’t the only ones taking aim at the advertising. In November, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said he wanted the ads taken down. Tong pointed out that the state’s adult-use legalization measure signed by Gov. Ned Lamont last June prohibits cannabis billboards and other outdoor signage unless the advertiser has reliable evidence that at least 90% of the target audience is reasonably expected to be 21 or older. The 303-page adult-use legalization bill, the Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis Act, also prohibits cannabis advertising visible to the public within 500 feet of schools, recreational centers, child care centers, playgrounds, public parks or libraries, among other restrictions. Meanwhile, the House-approved bill from this week goes a few steps further, barring advertising in any…

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