Connecticut Governor Calls to Legalize Marijuana, Sports Betting

Jan. 6, 2021, 7:40 PM

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) urged lawmakers to legalize and commercialize recreational marijuana and bring sports betting to the state in 2021 in his state-of-the-state address Wednesday.

“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 said.

  • Connecticut faces a $615 million deficit in 2021, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo estimated Jan. 4. A recent University of Connecticut study estimated the state would net $223 million in tax revenue per year after five years of marijuana legalization.
  • Passage of a marijuana bill remains uncertain. ...

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