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Connecticut Senate passes legal marijuana bill

The Connecticut Senate has approved legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana for adults. Monday night's debate, which was lengthy, came hours after proponents announced they reached a compromise on how to ensure the new industry will benefit those residents adversely affected by the nation's war on drugs. Under the bill, it would be legal for people 21 years and older to possess and use limited amounts of cannabis beginning July 1. Democratic Sen. Gary Winfield says the legislation addresses how the war on drugs decimated while communities. But Republican Sen. John Kissel says the legislation is a big mistake.  The measure was approved 19 to 17 and sent to the House.

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