Details about a marijuana legalization bill that Connecticut lawmakers and the governor have been negotiating are starting to surface as leadership works to get it to the floor before the end of session next week—and some proposals dealing with social equity are raising eyebrows among advocates. House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D) has been asked about the status of discussions with Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) office at press briefings almost every day this week, and he’s continually insisted that a deal is imminent. On Thursday he said, “We stand in a pretty good place for drafting up language, getting to the final details on what is a very complicated and comprehensive bill.” “All the drafts are in place, and we’re just waiting for that last sign-off on that remaining detail,” he said. The talks of late have centered on social equity provisions, but Rojas said negotiators are finding “common ground” on issues like ensuring that people most impacted by the drug war are able to participate in the market and setting aside tax revenue for community reinvestment.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 06/03/2021 13:17:00

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