With its neighboring states embracing marijuana legalization, Connecticut is now able to get in on the act.

The state’s governor, Ned Lamont, outlined his plan to carry leisure pot to Connecticut in his budget address on Wednesday.

“Now our neighboring states are providing leisure marijuana on a authorized and controlled foundation,” Lamont, a Democrat, stated in a pre-recorded handle. “Massachusetts dispensaries are promoting extensively right here in Connecticut. And, relatively than give up this market to out-of-staters, or worse, to the unregulated underground market, our price range supplies for the legalization of leisure marijuana.”

“These extra revenues will go to distressed communities, which have been hardest hit by the warfare on medicine,” he continued. “Half the tax revenues needs to be allotted to PILOT funds, along with a 3 p.c native excise tax possibility. And importantly, my proposed laws authorizes the automated erasure of legal information for these with marijuana-related drug possession, convictions, and fees.”

As Lamont famous, Massachusetts voters handed a measure legalizing leisure marijuana for adults in 2016. And his name for Connecticut to finish prohibition comes a month after New York’s personal Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, offered up his personal legalization proposal. 

New York and Connecticut

The 2 northeastern governors will go at it alone two years after they sought a coordinated legalization effort between the 2 states. Cuomo and Lamont held a summit within the fall of 2019, the place they mentioned a cross-state legalization technique, with the New York chief saying they had been “critical on this state about legalizing leisure use of marijuana, however it needs to be achieved proper.”

And each used their “State of the State” addresses a 12 months in the past to name on lawmakers of their respective states to move legalization, with Lamont as soon as once more voicing his choice for a cross-state coverage.

“Prefer it or not, legalized marijuana is a brief drive away in Massachusetts and New York is quickly to comply with,” Lamont said at the time. “Coordinated regional regulation is our greatest likelihood to guard public well being by displacing illicit sellers with trusted suppliers.”

“Proper now, what you should buy legally in Massachusetts may land you in jail for as much as a 12 months in Connecticut,” he continued. “We simply marked the a hundredth anniversary of prohibition. How did that work out? The patchwork of hashish and vaping legal guidelines are inconceivable to implement.”

Under Lamont’s proposal unveiled this week, grownup use hashish gross sales would start in Could 2022. Adults aged 21 and older can be permitted to have possession of as much as 1.5 ounces of marijuana, though the proposal says that rising pot at residence isn’t allowed (the legal penalties for such can be “considerably lowered,” nonetheless).

“Governor Lamont proposes a complete framework for the cultivation, manufacture, sale, possession, use, and taxation of adult-use hashish that prioritizes public well being, public security, and social justice,” the introduction of Lamont’s proposal reads. “The proposal builds on the numerous work that the Legislature has achieved on adult-use hashish in latest periods and ensures alignment with the approaches pursued by states in our area.”