NEW YORK, NY — Gov. Ned Lamont said there was agreement following a meeting with the governors of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, that they would work together to come up with a similar set of rules around cannabis legalization.
Government officials from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Colorado were at the meeting too.
Colorado and Massachusetts both have legalized cannabis. The governor’s and their representatives received presentations both on cannabis legalization and vaping. Those discussions were closed to the media, but Lamont did a conference call with reporters after the meeting.
“I think it’s important for the governors to be able to think out loud,” Lamont said regarding the closed nature of the meetings.
He said the governors had questions about things like “edibles and gummy bears” and they needed to feel free to ask those questions.
Lamont said the edibles tend to target younger users and he has some concerns about it.
What are Connecticut’s chances of legalizing it?
“I think I would only consider it if we’re doing it in conjunction with our other states,” Lamont said.
However, he said he’s willing to sign legislation next year even if other states decide not to move forward.
“I would do it in a very carefully regulated way with health and safety paramount,” Lamont said.