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Latest pot legalization bills clear committee

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Additional legislation that could ultimately lead to legalized recreational marijuana in Connecticut has advanced.

The Judiciary Committee voted 21-19 on Monday in favor of a bill that outlines how marijuana use and sales would be legalized for those 21 years and older. By much wider margins, the same panel approved bills concerning cannabis in the workplace and driving while under the influence of the drug.

Proponents expect those and several other bills moving through the General Assembly to eventually be included in one bill for the full legislature to consider.

But it remains unclear if there will ultimately be enough support for legalization this session. While all Republican committee members opposed Monday's main legalization bill, several Democrats opposed it and other Democrats voiced concern with the legislation.


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