The Connecticut House of Representatives planned Wednesday to vote on an earlier version of a bill that would legalize the adult use of cannabis, a day after Gov. Ned Lamont threatened to veto a retooled rendition that had cleared the state Senate.
The decision by Democratic House leaders to strip a contentious provision about “social equity” applicants for marijuana licenses, which was added to the bill at the eleventh-hour in the Democratic controlled Senate on Tuesday, was made in hopes of salvaging a bill lawmakers have been debating at the state Capitol for multiple years.
“When the governor said he’d veto the bill. I think that’s what made everybody say, ‘Well that’s a game changer,’” said House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford. He explained that it made sense to many lawmakers to instead vote on the version the House, Senate and Lamont had agreed upon last week and that Lamont would sign into law.