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Lamont supports legal pot despite medical society opposition

April 2, 2019 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont remains optimistic Connecticut lawmakers will pass legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, despite opposition from four state medical society presidents.

The Democrat said Tuesday it would be “irresponsible and dangerous” to leave marijuana sales to “the black market.” He says legalizing marijuana “on a carefully regulated basis is the safest way” for Connecticut to proceed.

Lawmakers plan to merge several bills that detail a potential legalized system into one bill for the full General Assembly to consider this session.

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The presidents of the Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York medical societies recently signed a letter expressing opposition to marijuana legalization efforts in their states, saying “not enough research has been done to prove marijuana is safe.”

They’re telling lawmakers to “stop the tide now.”