Will legalizing pot create a pot of money for Connecticut? State lawmakers are examining the legalization and regulation of marijuana to bolster a cash-strapped budget. State Senator Ed Gomes will host a forum on the pros and cons of recreational marijuana March 27, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Beacon Hall Event Center of Housatonic Community College.
The retail sale and cultivation of weed is under consideration to add millions of dollars to the state treasury. Governor Dan Malloy, for one, says the state should take a wait and see attitude and examine how it works in neighboring Massachusetts where retail shops will open in 2018.
Opponents argue the passage of marijuana should not be rooted in economics.
Under Connecticut law marijuana is decriminalized for small amounts and allowed for medicinal use. Seven U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana.
Gomes says the forum will feature panelists on both sides of the issue including Erik Williams, a medical marijuana professional; Jason Ortiz, Policy Chair at Minority Cannabis Business Association; Dr. Deepa Camenga, Physician, American Academy of Pediatrics; and Louis Reed, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.