Connecticuts Debate Over Recreational Marijuana Comes As Lawmakers Grapple With A Budget Deficit Estimated To Be As Much As $1.7 Billion Next Fiscal Year, Which Begins July 1.

Joe de la Cruz, a Democrat. We walk into this thing. We take our time. Why do we need to make it legal this year? Malloy agrees. The Democratic governor has said he doesnt think the state should play a role in promoting marijuana use, even though he pushed for Connecticuts law that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. I think we should hit the pause button and watch how it works in the region, Malloy said in December, adding how all the news is not good in states that have fully legalized recreational usage. Seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted recreational marijuana laws . Meg Green, a spokeswoman for the governor, said last week that Malloys personal position has not changed, but he is following the debate as this proposal works through the legislative process. Connecticuts debate over recreational marijuana comes as lawmakers grapple with a budget deficit estimated to be as much as $1.7 billion next fiscal year, which begins July 1. A report released Feb. 1 from the legislatures nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis determined the state could generate millions of dollars in new revenue, but not enough to cover that red ink.

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