Connecticut Senate Leader to File Marijuana Legalization Bill for 2017

Scott Gacek
December 23, 2016

HARTFORD, CT — Governor Dannel Malloy may be on the fence when it comes to marijuana legalization, but one of the state’s most prominent lawmakers will push for Connecticut to join two nearby New England states in taxing and regulating sales of cannabis to adults.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) pre-filed legislation for the upcoming 2017 legislative session to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.

The bill was one of ten bills Looney pre-filed just before undergoing surgery Tuesday.

“The bills Sen. Looney filed represent his legislative priorities,” Looney’s spokesman, Adam Joseph, said Wednesday.

The bill would legalize the possession, use and sale of marijuana, taxing retail sales “in the same manner as the state of Colorado.”

Specifics of the bill have not been released, which is often the case with pre-filed bills that are typically concepts, not fully formed legislation. More information about the bill should come in January, when the new legislative session begins and the measure is formally introduced.

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