The legislature in Connecticut is finally set to vote on a plan to make recreational marijuana legal in the state.
After the Senate begun debate at around 9 pm on Tuesday, it is expected to go into early Tuesday morning for the Senate to call on a vote which will then be called on House of Representatives on Wednesday, if passed, just hours before midnight deadline to pass new laws.
"Even if that vote comes at 11:45 at night, whatever time it comes, I hope we'll get a vote,” House Speaker Matt Ritter says.
The plan for legalized recreational marijuana is a massive 300-page bill. If passed, on July 1, recreational cannabis would be fully legal for anyone 21 and over. Next May, retail sales would start.
Licenses would be distributed by lottery with "social equity" applicants from distressed neighborhoods getting priority.
Also, Connecticut residents would be allowed to grow up to six plants per person starting in July 2023. Medical marijuana patients could start this October.