HARTFORD (AP) - Legislation that could lay the groundwork for legalized recreational marijuana in Connecticut has cleared its first hurdle.
The General Law Committee voted 10-8 on Monday in favor of a bill that spells out many details of a proposed legalized system for adults. It’s one of several bills up for debate this session aimed at legalizing pot.
Democratic Rep. Michael D’Agostino of Hamden, the committee’s co-chairman, says eventually all the pieces will be included in one comprehensive bill.
Opponents are voicing concern about the possibility of increased driving fatalities and increased drug use among teens at a time when their brains are developing. But proponents say the bill attempts to address past racial disparities in drug arrests.