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House GOP Leader Candelora Statement on Signing of Cannabis Legislation

Posted on June 22, 2021

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Tuesday issued the following statement in response to Governor Lamont signing legislation that legalizes and commercializes marijuana in Connecticut:

“I remain steadfast in my belief that this is a bad policy decision for the State of Connecticut and its residents, and young people particularly. And I’m disappointed, but not altogether surprised, that during the Democrats’ gleeful remarks about this ‘momentous’ decision to legalize and commercialize a drug, the Governor offered the contradictory view that their legislation prioritizes public health and safety. For Democrats, public health was never a primary concern—it’s been about their bizarre view of economic development and creating a revenue source that, unfortunately, won’t even be used to balance our state budget. With the bill’s signing they’ll now rush into a backroom somewhere to create an unelected Equity Council that will keep its thumb on licenses and the money.”