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LISTEN: How Much Money Could Connecticut Really Make From Legalizing Marijuana?

Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public Radio

According to a new UConn study, the state of Connecticut could reap $1 billion in tax revenues over five years and create 17,000 jobs if it legalized marijuana. The study was funded by a marijuana advocacy group, and its critics say it overestimates Connecticut's windfall while underestimating the social costs of legalizing the drug.

To talk through those issues, the co-director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, attorney DeVaughn Ward, joined All Things Considered.

Hear the interview below:

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. He's proud to be a part of the team that won a regional Emmy Award for The Vote: A Connecticut Conversation. In his 21st year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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