On Thursday, Connecticut’s House commission passed marijuana legalization reform, a milestone development as legislators harmonized what they are proposing with the state governor’s policy change plan.
The measure was sponsored by Representative Robyn Porter and advanced past the legislature’s Public and Labor Employees Committee in a 9-4 ‘pass’ vote. Activists have applauded the reform’s focus on social equity within the sector, and its provisions may be included in Governor Lamont Ned’s legalization legislation. The activists have said the governor’s proposal didn’t go far enough on social equity.
Porter, the labor committee chairman, asserted that terminating marijuana prohibition is necessary due to the disproportionate effect and damage to communities of color. It also requires a regulated structure that offers equity to the hardest hit individuals.
She said that the ball has already left the court, and she feels like Connecticut is far behind. Porter added that nearby states support the reform, and several states across America have already ended cannabis prohibition.
Unlike Ned Lamont’s plan, this committee-amended legislation would permit home cultivation of about six marijuana crops and allow social sites of consumption. It also comprises additional language on marijuana grants and applicants of social equity.
The reform adds aspects from the governor’s reform regarding impairment road testing. It also specifies twelve jurisdictions within the state where businesses would qualify for community reinvestment financing access during the first half a decade after implementation.
Jason Ortiz (The Minority Cannabis Business Association chairman) admitted that they’re happy about the equity-focused legalization legislation’s approval. He added that their reform is closely synched with what’s going in New York, and they’re ready to get this reform a chamber’s floor vote to end the drug war against black and brown communities finally.
Ward DeVaughn (Marijuana Policy Project’s top legislative counsel) also applauded the reform’s approval.