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"Will Connecticut Legalize Marijuana in 2017?"


So far in the United States, there are eight states and the District of Columbia that have approved medical and recreational marijuana – essentially making all marijuana and marijuana products legal. Those states are Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, D.C., California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine. In states like Connecticut, medical marijuana is already legal, but Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Loony has pre-filed a legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana bill that he hopes Governor Dannel Malloy will approve in the 2017 legislative session in that state.

The Connecticut Marijuana Legalization Bill

The bill itself is only pre-filed at this point, which means that the details are unavailable to the general public; more information will be released in January of 2017 when the new legislative session begins. We can assume that the bill is related to and based upon bills passed in legal states like Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, and Oregon, however.Connecticut voters supported marijuana legalization in 2015 by a margin of 26%, meaning that only 26% of the state’s voters are against it, while 63% are for it.

Connecticut’s Marijuana Laws

Connecticut’s marijuana laws have decriminalized amounts less than one-half ounce (I have no idea why they didn’t go for the ounce like so many other states), which carries to possible jail time and has a small fine of $500 (hash and concentrates carry the same penalty). Four ounces or less is considered a misdemeanor, carrying a possible year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Distribution and cultivation are still illegal in Connecticut, although possessing paraphernalia with the intent to use it to cultivate, distribute or ingest less than one-half ounce is considered a minor civil infraction and carries a $300 fine. Possession of less than one-half ounce may get you a $150 fine but no jail time.

Connecticut has an active hemp industry and allows medical marijuana for various reasons including chronic pain, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders; the marijuana tax stamp law has also been enacted in the state.

What Impact Will Legal Marijuana Have in Connecticut?

If the newly introduced marijuana legalization bill is signed by Connecticut’s governor, the state can look forward to increased revenue from recreational marijuana sales and more industry opportunities like in-state cultivation, production, and marijuana-related industries growth. More jobs will be created in the state, and more investors will be interested in creating and buying into opportunities across the board. The economy of Connecticut will certainly be bolstered, much like the economies of Colorado, Washington, and Oregon have been recently. In states where marijuana has been legalized, funding retrieved via marijuana sales taxes are being funneled into community and state development projects like education funds, public information and education campaigns about marijuana, homeless issues, health research projects, and infrastructure projects that many states sorely need to complete.

Legal marijuana has so many benefits that it’s hard to understand why some states refuse to legalize; the medical and health benefits alone are staggering. Marijuana has been linked to improving symptoms for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, psoriasis, pruritus, traumatic brain injury (TBI), schizophrenia, cancer, ADHD, and many other illnesses and disorders. Let’s hope Connecticut gets behind this bill, and they become one of the next states to go legal.

Julie K Godard

About Julie Godard:

Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.


 

 Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of GLH products are sold as nutritional supplements, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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