Article by Tom Angell, Marijuana.com
Now that Maine and Massachusetts have voted to become the first places on the East Coast tax and regulate marijuana, advocates are watching a trio of nearby New England states to see which will be the next to legalize.
While Rhode Island and Vermont are strong contenders, new signs from legislative leaders in Connecticut indicate that the Constitution State could go legal first.
Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D) has already pre-filed a bill to end cannabis prohibition. While the legislative text hasn’t yet been drafted, the placeholder description says it would “permit the retail sale of marijuana, tax such sale in the same manner as the state of Colorado and provide that revenue from such taxation goes to the General Fund.”
And on Thursday, incoming House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter (D) wrote in a constituent letter obtained by Marijuana.com, “I do support the legalization of marijuana and agree that a different approach is needed in our State.”
Also on the House side, staff for new Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said that a legalization bill will at least get serious consideration this year.