State Representative Juan Candelaria speaks during a rally and press conference in front of New Haven City Hall December 14, 2016. Photo: Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media File / ©2016 Peter Hvizdak State Representative Juan Candelaria speaks during a rally and press conference in front of New Haven City Hall December 14, 2016.

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State Representative Juan Candelaria speaks during a rally and press conference in front of New Haven City Hall December 14, 2016.

State Representative Juan Candelaria speaks during a rally and press conference in front of New Haven City Hall December 14, 2016.

Photo: Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media File

Capitol Buzz: Marijuana season

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New Haven Rep. Juan Candelaria on Thursday will officially kick off Connecticut’s recreational cannabis season, during a scheduled news conference and forum aimed at his continuing effort to change hearts and minds on the issue of retail marijuana sales for the masses. Tax revenue will be highlighted, along with attempts to shatter the drug’s reputation for being a gateway to heavier substances. Connecticut NORML, is highlighting a recent Newsweek article that notes in states with legalized marijuana opioid-overdose cases have fallen by double-digit percentages. But in an election year, it’s likely to fall by the legislative wayside, yet again.

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