In The Loop – June 18, 2021

Another Tough Issue, Another Tough Week in Hartford

Well, they say a leader’s job isn’t to have all the ideas… it’s to make sure all ideas are heard and that the best one wins at the end. That’s probably the way Democratic leaders and the Governor started out the controversial debate on the legalization of marijuana back in January. They definitely went through a ton of ideas on this issue before they arrived at a solution.

As you may recall, the Governor made it part of his agenda, including it in the state budget as a revenue gain. Then the politics began to play out. The lead advocates for the legalization of adult use cannabis were the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, members of the Progressive Caucus and those looking for additional criminal justice reform. There wasn’t a shortage of ideas or pieces of the puzzle that have been playing out over the past five and a half months. KEEP READING

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