Top Priorities Cannabis and Gambling Fail in 2019 SessionPosted by On


Officially, Wednesday evening, two of the top priorities Democrats had been working on for months died in the final hours of the legislative session.

Legislative leaders had hoped to make Connecticut the latest state to have legal cannabis sales and regulations, and to allow for sports wagering, at the very least when it comes to sports betting.

On marijuana, advocates are resigned to having to wait at least another year before the issue will be raised again.

“It’s frustrating,” said Rep. Josh Elliott, (D – Hamden), one of the supporters of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. He said a lot of the political momentum from the campaign season appeared to dissipate early in the legislative session.

Now, he says, the focus will be on determining whether lawmakers could stomach a vote to place the issue before voters as a proposed constitutional amendment.

“It turns out we…

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