By Derrick Stanley
Lawmakers in Connecticut yesterday filed a bill which would legalize recreational marijuana use by adults over 21. The proposed bill would open the door for Connecticut to join several other New England states considering full-scale legalization this year.
Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity in November to vote for cannabis legalization. Vermont's Gov. Peter Schumlin introduced a legalization plan in a recent address. Lawmakers in Rhode Island are proposing a bill in their state this year for legalization.
Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC have already succeeded in legalizing recreational marijuana through ballot measures.
Quoted in the Hartford Courant, Rep. Juan Candelaria, a Democrat, said "I'm going to be pushing very hard. I'm going to be engaging my leadership in conversation to at least allow a public hearing."
Candelaria was joined by nine other Democratic lawmakers from across the state in filing the bill. Some conditions included in the bill would require child-safe packaging and a ban on public use.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, signed a bill to allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana in 2012, but was not so receptive to the proposed new bill. "That's as far as I'm comfortable going," he said yesterday when asked about it. "Malloy said. "But certainly every member of the legislature is entitled to their own opinion. We'll see what happens.
It's not my proposal."