Time Running Out To Legalize Recreational Pot in Connecticut
The clock is ticking towards the end of the legislative session and for those who were hoping that this is finally the year that Connecticut would legalize recreational marijuana – well – we’ve got some bad news for you.
The House and Senate have plenty of bills to still take up and possibly vote on but legalizing recreational marijuana apparently isn’t one of them.
A small group of pot legalization proponents held a rally for their cause on Sunday at the state Capitol to try and recapture the momentum for legalization.
“We want a vote,” “We deserve a vote,” “Weed deserve a vote,” and “Bowls not tolls” were among the oft-repeated chants of the crowd as they marched in front of the Capitol lawn and held signs as some passing cars on Capitol Avenue honked their car horns in support.
“We shouldn’t be treated as outlaws,” Joseph Raymond Accettullo, of Hamden, said.
Accettullo was carrying a sign saying: “Weed Deserve A Vote.”
The rally was held by Connecticut NORML, a state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
The group supports the “repeal the prohibition of marijuana at the local, state and federal level by educating those in our community about marijuana and hemp and their potential medical and industrial use, while promoting the responsible use of marijuana by adults.”
But it doesn’t look like legalizing recreational marijuana has any chance of a vote in the last few days of the current legislative session as House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, has said recently he doesn’t believe there is enough support for passage.
That means it likely won’t be brought up for a vote before the General Assembly session ends on midnight Wednesday, May 9th.
That’s despite the fact that a bill that would