At least for now, recreational marijuana seems to have been snuffed out in Connecticut’s legislature, and the campaign to legalize pot is facing a variety of delays and potential roadblocks in other New England states.
But that doesn’t mean this region’s momentum toward legal pot has completely stalled, and its supporters in Connecticut say developments in neighboring states could help revive recreational marijuana’s chances in the legislature.
Massachusetts and Maine voters last year approved recreational marijuana, and both states are now debating exactly how to put legalization into effect next year.
Rhode Island lawmakers who support legal marijuana legislation insist they have the votes to pass it and are talking about allowing recreational pot sales even before Massachusetts is ready in mid-2018.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week moved to fulfill one of his campaign promises by introducing legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. According to news reports, Canada appears likely to become the second nation in the world after Uruguay to make pot legal.
The pro-pot campaign appears to be moving more slowly in Connecticut, Vermont and