Connecticut, 19th state to approve recreational cannabis!
Declared the 19th state to legalize cannabis for adult use, Connecticut takes a step in the war on drugs by following New York and Virginia in their bills.
A bill to legalize the use, sale and possession of cannabis for adults over the age of 21 was passed yesterday. The bill was signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont, stipulating that legal possession will take place on July 1.
The governor said in a statement, "I look forward to signing the bill and moving beyond this terrible period of incarceration and injustice. Indeed, the new law also takes into account the drug war as in New York for example. It plans to instantly erase drug convictions that occurred between January 1, 2000 and September 30, 2015.
It is with enthusiasm and hope that Representative Steven Stafstrom states that "Connecticut's time has finally come," "The war on drugs has hurt us. The criminalization of cannabis was the wrong course of action for our state and for our nation." Furthermore, the governor explains that "the war on cannabis, which was at its core a war on people in black communities, has not only caused injustices and increased disparities in our state, it has done little to protect public health and safety." to that extent, "legalization will help eliminate the dangerous unregulated market and support a new and growing sector of our economy that will create jobs."
The law will therefore allow adults to legally possess 42 grams of cannabis on their person, which is 7.5 grams of concentrated THC. The THC content of cannabis flowers will be limited to 30%, which will not affect the psychotropic effects of the plant, and the oil cartridges can have a content of 60%. As the regular state sales tax is 6.35%, an additional tax will be added on cannabis purchases depending on the THC content of the product offered.
Depending on the municipality, the sale of marijuana may generate a 3% tax in addition to other taxes. The tax revenue from this tax will be used for community reinvestment purposes.
Thus, Connecticut officially becomes the 19th state to approve recreational cannabis. New Mexico, Virginia and New York have done the same in the past six months, heralding the beginning of the end of many inequalities and a discriminatory war.