Hearing on recreational marijuana legalization held
Marijuana supporters packed a hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol Tuesday to urge state lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana.
They say that small businesses like Utopia, a smoke shop in Norwalk, could benefit from the legalization and that the economic benefits are undeniable. Politicians in favor of legalization say that marijuana prohibition has failed and that legalized marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco.
Opponents, however, say there are too many public safety risks. Republican state Sen. George Logan says that traffic deaths related to marijuana use have increased by 48 percent in Colorado, a state that recently legalized the drug.
State Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven) says recreational marijuana would be tightly regulated if approved in Connecticut.
Massachusetts just legalized recreational marijuana and some Connecticut supporters say the state is simply throwing away tax dollars to the neighboring state that could be used to help schools and build roads.