Exciting news! Last night, the Connecticut Senate approved a bill that would legalize cannabis for adults in a 19-17 vote. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where a vote is anticipated later today. If passed, Gov. Lamont is expected to sign the bill into law.
S.B. 1118 would legalize possession and home cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and older and expunge thousands of past records. Half of new cannabis business licenses would be issued to social equity applicants, who could receive technical assistance, start-up funding, assistance from an accelerator program, and workforce training.
In the final hours of the Senate debate, the bill was amended to remove concerning language that would have allowed existing medical cannabis establishments to qualify for equity licensing through a partnership with an equity applicant that only owned 32% of the venture. We believe the bill as passed is one of the most comprehensive cannabis bills in the nation. You can check out a full summary of the updated bill here.
Time is short: The House adjourns at midnight on Wednesday, June 9. That’s why it’s critical that you contact your state representative and tell them to vote YES on S.B. 1118. Then, please spread the word to others. We are so close to the finish line and I know with your support we can get this done in the final days of the session.