Here is what the governor has to say about legalization…
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is not “in our best interest,” even if it might help generate new revenue, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told a crowd during a wide-ranging town hall meeting on the state budget Tuesday night.
Questions on Malloy’s approach to the state budget ranged from raising taxes on wealthier residents, maintaining state programs and casino development in the state.
Edward Wallner asked Malloy his thoughts on legalizing recreational marijuana as a way to address the budget.
“Is it time for the state of Connecticut to both generate new revenue and reduce costs by legalizing marijuana?” Wallner asked. Malloy said it isn’t.
“I don’t believe that’s in our best interest. I think we’ve taken what I consider to be the right steps with marijuana and that is to stop using our laws on marijuana as a first step to lead to a criminal record so we decriminalized marijuana,” Malloy said. “I’m not an advocate for legalizing marijuana.”
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