CTNJ/Opinion: Legalize recreational cannabis or become a flyover state

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass.

Connecticut may or may not be the place where the first constitution in history was written (hence our dubious nickname), but it seems like we miss the boat on a whole lot of a range of opportunities.

The latest seems to be the legalization and sale of a substance less harmful than alcohol and tobacco — namely marijuana. Connecticut could be the subject of a movie called Desperately Seeking Revenue, yet a puzzling number of lawmakers are balking at legalizing and taxing the sale of recreational pot to adults over 21. In a related development, Connecticut legalized medical marijuana in 2012.

According to one lawmaker’s projection, from the sale and taxation of recreational weed, “Connecticut could generate about $50 million in the first year of operation; $100 million-plus in the second year.”

Read the full story at CT News Junkie.

One comment

Notaffiliated February 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm

I hear brothels make a ton of money for Nevada. “Connecticut, the Prostitution State”. It’s got a ring to it.

How about creating what was once a great state for doing business? There’s been some movement from Malloy to drain the CT swamp yet the pension gravy train is so burdensome. Sad, very,very sad

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