Amendment to Marijuana Legalization Targets High-Unemployment, High-Poverty RegionsPosted by On

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HARTFORD, CT — The marijuana debate is ablaze at the state Capitol as lawmakers consider an amendment that would help high unemployment and high poverty areas reap the benefits the marijuana industry.

HB 7371 creates a system to regulate the retail sale of marijuana. The new amendment that will be pitched at a closed-door meeting Wednesday would define so-called equity applicants who would be able to apply for a license to sell or grow marijuana before any other applicant would now be defined based on census tract data and poverty, as opposed to arrest rates.

“We still have the requirements that if you have been arrested or if you have a family member that has been arrested for possession, cultivation, use, distribution, etcetera, that qualifies you as an equity applicant,” Rep. Michael D’Agostino, D-Hamden, said. “In addition to that, if you…

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