Connecticut Judiciary Committee Approves Cannabis Legalization Bills

Connecticut currently has a medical cannabis program with 33,000 patients

The Judiciary Committee approved three bills Monday that would legalize possession of cannabis for adults 21 and older and expunge prior drug convictions.

The 21-19 vote in favor of the general legalization bill came after a spirited, hour-long debate. At least three Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the bill, which now heads to the Senate.

The Judiciary Committee vote on three cannabis bills Monday comes a week after the General Law Committee narrowly approved a separate bill that establishes a regulatory framework for production and sale.

Connecticut already has a medical marijuana program that serves more than 33,000 patients.

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