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LISTEN: How Can Legalized Cannabis Uplift Connecticut Communities?

Courtesy: House Dems
State Rep. Robyn Porter

Connecticut lawmakers are considering two cannabis legalization bills. Gov. Ned Lamont is backing a Senate bill, which was voted out of the Judiciary Committee this week. The other is a House bill. Rep. Robyn Porter has championed that measure, which was voted through to the House for debate in late March. Porter joined All Things Considered to talk about her desire for state legislation to ensure that communities hurt by past punitive laws are given considerations in what promises to be a very lucrative legal cannabis market. She also talked about why she considers the term “marijuana” akin to a racial slur.

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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