The House speaker pledged passage of a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in the next 7 to 14 days.
Revisions allow medical card-holders to grow their own plants and proposes that 55% of revenue go toward social-equity efforts.
One medical pot grower just spent $7.6 million on a building with space equal to more than four football fields.
A tension between fiscal restraint and social justice was evident throughout the governor’s budget address.
Gov. Ned Lamont is proposing legislation that would permit the sale and possession of recreational pot in Connecticut in May 2022.
The testimony Monday marked the first time a Connecticut gubernatorial administration has given its full-throated support for legalization of marijuana.
The move, though cumbersome, would put the controversial issue squarely in the hands of voters.
A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana and erase the criminal records of people who have committed low-level drug offenses cleared a key committee on Monday.
The House of Representatives debated the legalization of recreational marijuana use for 90 minutes late Tuesday afternoon, only to table it afterward.
It’s a steep climb for proponents of legalized marijuana in Connecticut. The legislature’s Judiciary Committee killed a legalization bill without even holding a public hearing this year, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appears unalterably opposed. But the issue cleared one threshold Tuesday: It was the subject of an informational hearing.