In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said he planned to work to legalize cannabis in the coming session.
“I am working with our neighboring states and look forward to working with our tribal partners on a path forward to modernize gaming in our state, as well as the legislature on legalization of marijuana. Sports betting, internet gaming, and legalized marijuana are happening all around us. Let’s not surrender these opportunities to out-of-state markets or even worse, underground markets.” – Lamont, January 6, State of the State
In 2019, Lamont and other regional governors, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced a joint regional approach toward legalization. Since then, New Jersey legalized cannabis through a voter-approved ballot initiative in November.