Marijuana Legalization ‘Inevitable’ In Connecticut, Incoming House Speaker Says

A Connecticut lawmaker who will soon assume the top leadership position in the state House of Representatives said on Tuesday that marijuana legalization is “inevitable,” especially as surrounding jurisdictions move to enact the policy change.

During a briefing, House Speaker-designate Matt Ritter (D) was asked about plans to promote economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic and then specifically whether legalizing cannabis to generate tax revenue would be part of the plan.

“Look, I don’t want to get into a policy discussion. We have a caucus we have to have,” he said, referring to pending agenda-setting discussions with colleagues. “But marijuana has been a long time—I’ve said I believe it’s inevitable at some point, especially when your neighboring states are doing it.”

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