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Connecticut marijuana advocates bolstered by Massachusetts' first sales

Connecticut marijuana advocates bolstered by Massachusetts' first sales

Legal pot proponents in Connecticut are savoring the start of recreational marijuana sales to the north on Tuesday, a milestone felt far beyond Massachusetts by those pushing for legalization.

From the cities to college towns, local advocates say they view New England’s first retail marijuana sales as a taste of what’s to come in Connecticut, especially after the election of a pro-legalization governor, Ned Lamont, and other key lawmakers to the General Assembly.

“Here’s a clear example of a regulated market happening just to our north, so there’s no more guesswork needed,” said Jason Ortiz of Hartford, vice president of the Minority Cannabis Business Association. “We can...

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