CONNECTICUT (WWLP) – There were bills proposed that would have legalized recreational marijuana in Connecticut, but they did not clear any legislative committees.
Connecticut could be losing out on $243-million in extra annual revenue. This is happening as lawmakers negotiate a final state budget to close a $1.7-billion deficit.
Just because the bills didn’t pass any legislative committees doesn’t mean the issue is dead. Connecticut’s House Speaker said he expects marijuana legalization will come up in budget talks.
Eric Melhorn from Enfield, Connecticut, told 22News, “I personally do have a Connecticut medical marijuana card. It costs $250 to get it. But I let it lapse, because what’s the point at this point. I live right on the border. Why pay that kind of money when you can just go right over the border?”
Medical marijuana has been legal in Connecticut since 2012.