By Quentin Choy
June 22, 2021
Governor Ned Lamont, the governor of Connecticut signed a bill which legalized recreational marijuana usage, adding Connecticut to a growing list of U.S. states with legal marijuana. The bill also includes measures that will expunge the criminal records of those who have been arrested for possession of marijuana, which is an overlooked yet crucial step in ending the War on Drugs and reaching federal legalization.
Including Connecticut, 19 states have legalized the use of recreational weed, with states like New Mexico and New York having legalized earlier this year. With states legalizing marijuana more and more each year, the country is nearing a majority of states with legal weed, and eventually, in the same manner as same-sex marriage, marijuana will be legal in so many states, that it will become legal at the federal level.
I was hoping that during his presidency, Donald Trump would legalize marijuana. Even though I didn’t like him, legalization was popular enough where it would have changed some peoples’ attitudes toward him, and it would have been a highlight of his legacy, freeing many people who have been arrested simply for possession.
I hope that Joe Biden decides to legalize marijuana, although I am not overly hopeful, knowing his record and the record of VP Harris on the issue of the War on Drugs and marijuana legalization.
Connecticut has done a great thing in guiding the country more toward liberty, and I hope more states, and eventually the federal government follow course.
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