A bill to legalize marijuana in Connecticut that’s being backed by the governor was approved on Friday in another committee, potentially setting it up for a floor vote next week.
This comes as Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) office and legislative leaders work to resolve differences in their respective legalization proposals. House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D) said on Tuesday that the plan was to reach an agreement by the week’s end, with the expectation of “acting on it sometime next week” in the Senate.
The Appropriations Committee cleared the governor’s bill, which was also approved in the Judiciary Committee in last month. The latest action sets the stage for floor action in the Senate, where it could be amended to reflect a new agreement that both Lamont and lawmakers can support.
But time is running short to pass the reform this legislative session, which ends June 9. And both parties involved in the legalization negotiations have said they’d prefer to avoid tackling the issue in a special session, though that has been floated as backup plan.
“SB 888 continues to make its way through the legislative process having now cleared its second major committee with a solid majority voting in support of legalization,” DeVaughn Ward, senior legislative counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment. “It’s another indication that the legislature is quickly moving to pass legalization prior to the June 9th end of session deadline.”
House Speaker Matt Ritter (D) said this week that his optimism about the prospects of passing the bill has increased based on conversations he’s had with colleagues.
“I’ve sort of been struck by just having conversations as words gets out that the majority leader’s working group is making progress with the governor’s office—and I’m struck by the number of people who