Connecticut signed an amendment which would legalize adult use marijuana, but a group of marijuana critics recently declared in a state presentation in capitol Hartford to state their worries over the issue.
The anti-pot groups are most concerned about their children. According to reports from the local news channel, WTNH the legalization of marijuana for people over the age of 21 will open the gates for people of all ages to easily access cannabis.
Several activists including Madison Youth Services’ Scott Cochran stated that “new products will evolve” that are very attractive to young people.
The declaration also involved the statement from of a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist claiming that states with controlled marijuana have the highest rates of teen marijuana users in the nation. If marijuana were wholly legalized in Connecticut, the state would have witnessed a similar trend said Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza. He also stated that the use of marijuana would also increase the probability for teens to become mentally deranged from using cannabis.
Nevertheless, not all the people support that statement. A 2017 study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that the rate at which adolescents were using marijuana had drastically declined in the post-legalization years. The study discovered that about nine percent of teens living in Colorado was using marijuana, the lowest reported number in about 20 years. After the state of Connecticut legalized marijuana— which was the first in the state to legalize recreational marijuana in the US — the use of alcohol, tobacco, and heroin among teenagers fell.
The state of Colorado has been using extra efforts to make sure teens are well educated about marijuana. The state has created a game show-style program known as “Weeded Out” that is sponsored by a small piece of the state’s annual cannabis taxes, which reached millions of dollars in 2018.
In 2012, Connecticut declared a medicinal marijuana state — its Senate signed a medical marijuana program in a 21-13 vote. A few months ago, the state’s Regulation Review Committee voted to increase the medical marijuana program by bringing eight new health conditions that permitted individuals aged 18 and above to qualify. The possession of little amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in Connecticut since 2011 when the state removed the warning of jail time for possessing tiny quantities of weed.
In 2018, there was a legislative effort by the state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. When the approval for the bill was passed in the House Appropriations Committee, the bill stymied before being passed into law, despite cries from critics outside the Capitol Building in Hartford.
The current governor, Ned Lamont has declared that he supports cannabis regulation. He said that he doesn’t want the black market to regulate the distribution of cannabis in Connecticut. According to Governor Lamont, Canada, Massachusetts, others are controlling the distribution of marijuana, thus leading to some enforcement things. He added that the law of the state of Connecticut would have to be reinforced.