HARTFORD - Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana have unveiled a package of legislation, including proposals to tax the drug and clear criminal records of low-level drug offenders.
The group of House Democrats laid out the plan Thursday to allow marijuana to be cultivated, manufactured and sold to consumers in Connecticut. The bills will originate in several committees, but the lawmakers stressed the legislation is not finalized.
Hamden Rep. Michael D'Agostino says one bill creates a pilot program for marijuana sales to adults over 21, beginning the end of 2019. The drafts don't allow people to grow their own marijuana. Rather, lawmakers say it would be modeled after Connecticut's existing, tightly regulated medical marijuana program.
Potential tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales has been estimated to be $30 million to $180 million annually.