State lawmakers don't expect vote anytime soon on legalizing marijuana

Published on Monday, 19 August 2019 20:08
Written by The Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) - After coming close this year, Connecticut lawmakers have yet to decide when to make another attempt at legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana.

Legislators acknowledge it’s doubtful there will be a vote this summer or fall. And despite a desire by proponents to revisit the issue when the General Assembly reconvenes in February, it’s unclear whether that will happen. It’s a shortened legislative session and an election year for lawmakers.

“It has been and still is an issue for us. We’re just not sure what the political appetite for it is right now,” said Rep. Joshua Hall, a Democrat from Hartford who leads the General Assembly’s Progressive Caucus.

There appears to be more support in the House of Representatives than the Senate for proposal, he said, which creates some hesitancy among lawmakers.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Monday, 19 August 2019 20:08. Updated: Monday, 19 August 2019 20:10.