On Friday 4th June 2021, Connecticut Lawmakers said that they had agreed on a bill to legalize marijuana. The finalized proposal is being circulated among members ahead of the expected votes. Jason Rojas, the House Majority leader, said that the negotiations with Gov. Ned Lamont had come into agreement.
The deadline sessions are scheduled for Wednesday next week, and the lawmakers have to move quickly to pass the legislation. House speaker Matt Ritter said that this was the time to sell the idea to people as the final product. Rojas added that the negotiations were based on what the people had wished for.
On the other hand, Ritter was concerned more about how the bill needs to get on the Senate floor before Wednesday, next week. If that does not happen, then the opponents will have killed the measure because of time. Talking to reporters, he said it was one document of its kind with almost 300 pages. It is one of the most complicated legislation that Ritter has been involved in.
The Governor’s team worked with the legislative staff until about 2.30 am on Friday to get the deal done. Rep. Anne Hughes, Progressive Caucus’ co-chair, said it was time to do things right by uniquely tackling the reform. This option was, however, opposed by the Governor and leadership.
According to Ritter, based on what he said last week, there was about a 57% chance that the legislation will be approved. He had previously given it a 50% chance but feels different now. This has come as a result of pushbacks from Democratic members and the time restraints.
The Governor said that marijuana is an exciting topic for the members of the general public. However, when asked to vote in a referendum, the results are usually precise, and it passes overwhelmingly.