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Malloy FLIP-FLOPS on Marijuana

February 6, 2018 By Staff
Malloy FLIP-FLOPS on Marijuana

Groups like Regulate Connecticut have been trying to bring Governor Malloy around on marijuana for years.

Reclaim Connecticut has covered in detail Dan Malloy’s (D-Conn.) recently-introduced 2019 budget adjustment. Aside from the unsurprising tax increases and proposed tolls, buried in the report, it appears as if the governor has reversed his long opposition to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Throughout Malloy’s governorship, he has remained opposed to legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Malloy called what Massachusetts and other states have done a “mistake,” but it seems with Connecticut’s economy in crisis and looming billion-dollar deficits … money talks.

Groups like Regulate Connecticut, a pro-marijuana group, have argued to Reclaim Connecticut that legalization would have economic and revenue benefits to the state. Citing examples from Massachusetts to Colorado, Connecticut could get a much-needed economic boost that could bring as many as 22,000 jobs into the state.

Its seems Malloy is finally seeing green, buried in his over 200-page final budget adjustment proposal under “Alternatives to the Governor’s Recommended Revisions.” Some will say it’s a simple and long-overdue recommendation to “[l]egaliz[e] and [tax] the recreational use of marijuana.”

In essence, though, this quietly reverses years of the governor’s own policy.