Fliers have gone up across Hartford in advance of the hearing, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building. The first two hours of the session are reserved for testimony by experts with the public getting a chance to weigh in from noon on.
Rep. Juan Candelaria of New Haven – with support from close to a dozen other Democrats – introduced legislation in February to legalize and tax marijuana. The lawmakers were hoping for a public hearing on the bill, but see Tuesday’s informational hearing as an important first step.
“It’s a step closer to a serious discussion on the issue at the legislature,” said Rep. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford.
Candelaria said Tuesday will be “an opportunity to look and listen to what other states have done, hear from people that are in the industry and to get their perspective if this is the right move for Connecticut.”