The newly formed Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana (CCRM)Â held a press conference March 7Â to rally support for legislation that would regulate and tax marijuana forÂ adultÂ use in Connecticut.
TheÂ event was heldÂ just prior toÂ a committee hearingÂ on H.B. 5314, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam), which directs the Department of Consumer Protection to establish a regulated system of marijuana cultivation and sales for adults 21 years of age and older. It also directsÂ theÂ Department of Revenue Services toÂ create a tax structure that would generate revenue for the state and certain municipalities.
âI feel that the legalization of marijuana is inevitable and, as such, Connecticut should be at the forefront of the movement in order to set the standard for effective policy,”Â Ziobron saidÂ in a CCRM news release.
Ziobron and the sponsors of three similar proposals â Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Reps. Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) and Toni Walker (D-New Haven) â have agreed to work together to end marijuana prohibition in Connecticut and ensure whichever bill moves forward will create the best system possible for regulating and taxing marijuana.
âThe vast majority of voters in Connecticut think it is time to end marijuana prohibition and start regulating it similarly to alcohol,”Â CCRM Director Sam Tracy said in aÂ statement to the media.Â “Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society. It should be produced and sold by tightly regulated, taxpaying businesses, not by criminals in the underground market.â
Nearly two-thirds of Connecticut voters (63%) support making possession of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll conducted in March 2015.
If you live in Connecticut, contact your elected officials today and ask them to support the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adult use.