Cannabis Legalization Hits Impasse Over Social Equity

By Hugh McQuaid

Connecticut’s cannabis legalization effort appeared in danger of a stalemate last week as Gov. Ned Lamont and a crucial group of Democrats in the legislature seemed at odds over the bill’s social equity provisions. 

Members of the legislature signalled Wednesday that they would not support Lamont’s bill to legalize the substance unless it included stronger social equity provisions. Asked about the comments Friday, the governor indicated he, too, may be willing to let the issue wait another year if an agreement cannot be reached. 

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