A bill to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and over has received final approval from both chambers of Connecticut’s legislature. S.B. 1201, which is sponsored by Senate President Martin Looney and House Speaker Matt Ritter, passed the Senate and House of Representatives by margins of 16-11 and 76-62, respectively. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Ned Lamont, who is expected to sign it into law.
Today, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted (76-62) in favor of a bill that would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over. The bill, which is sponsored by Senate President Martin Looney and House Speaker Matt Ritter, will now return to the Senate for final approval before it heads to the desk of Gov. Ned Lamont, who is expected to sign it into law. S.B. 1201, and a nearly identical bill — S.B. 1118, previously passed the Senate by margins of 19-12 and 19-17, respectively. The Senate plans to reconvene at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow to take up the House-passed version of S.B. 1201 and a separate bill.
Today, the Connecticut Senate voted (19-17) in favor of a bill that would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over. The bill heads to the House of Representatives. House lawmakers face a deadline of June 9, the end of the legislative session, to take action on this bill.
On Tuesday evening, Amazon announced that it “will no longer include marijuana in its comprehensive drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat it the same as alcohol use.” Additionally, the company announced its public support for equity-centered federal marijuana legalization.