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Lawmakers Want General Assembly To Take Up Pot Bill

Lawmakers Want General Assembly To Take Up Pot Bill

HARTFORD – With other New England states considering legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, a New Haven lawmaker wants a discussion about the issue at the Capitol this session.

"I'm going to be pushing very hard," Rep. Juan Candelaria, a Democrat, said Thursday, the day he introduced legislation that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana for adults over 21. "I'm going to be engaging my leadership in conversation to at least allow a public hearing."

Candelaria knows legalization may be a long shot – he introduced a similar bill last year that was never raised in committee – but he thinks it's...

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