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420 with CNW — Connecticut Clears Some 43,000 Cannabis Records Before Recreational Sales Begin

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently declared that the state has expunged roughly 43,000 convictions for marijuana-related offenses. The state government was given the authority to promote widespread cannabis clemency under legislation that Governor Lamont (D) signed in 2021, and it has since handled 42,964 cases. This number was reached approximately a week before the start of the state’s initial legal adult-use marijuana sales.

Lamont noted that the state was one step closer to winning the battle on drugs and allowing residents a fair shot to realize their ambitions. The governor’s office has also noted that under a distinct reform bill that was passed, individuals with a wider variety of minor crimes on their files would be able to request courts seal their records.

A White House spokesman praised Lamont for the new marijuana amnesty announcement and noted that it is consistent with President Joe Biden’s October decision to pardon thousands of people who had been found guilty of federal marijuana-related offenses.

Julie Rodriguez, director of the White House Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, tweeted that Lamont’s actions in Connecticut “demonstrate strong leadership,” agreeing that efforts to dismiss all prior federal charges of simple possession of cannabis have made the new year better for more than 40,000 Connecticut residents.

Biden also recently granted clemency to a few more people, some of whom had prior criminal histories for hemp or other drugs. Some supporters lamented the recent pardons’ narrow focus, saying the president should act to free the numerous individuals still detained on marijuana-related charges.

The president urged governors throughout the United States to follow his lead with state-level relief when he issued the widespread amnesty for marijuana offenses, and several have taken action to make clemency possible in response. Biden also praised the recent action taken by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to pardon thousands of marijuana offenders. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper spoke out in favor of cannabis legalization in October, declaring that it is time to destigmatize cannabis and outlined actions he had taken to investigate his prospects for freely releasing those previously convicted.

Additionally, Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky authorized the distribution of delta-8 THC medications and protected patients who met specific requirements and had legally bought medical marijuana from clinics in other jurisdictions. The governor’s clemency powers are the foundation of the medical marijuana initiative.

Lamont has long favored legalization and applauded the policy reform that is currently being enacted. The first cannabis stores for adult use in Connecticut are expected to debut this month. In December, authorities declared that six already-established medical cannabis dispensaries with a combined nine sites had satisfied the requirements to be granted mixed certificates that will enable them to provide services to adults.

Individuals will be permitted to purchase up to a one-quarter ounce of marijuana per purchase. After the January debut, more merchants are anticipated to be licensed, and it is anticipated that social inclusion joint ventures — where equity applicants collaborate alongside existing operators to launch their businesses — will be the next to go live.

Lamont was asked if he would use marijuana himself once it became legal before he signed decriminalization into law last year. He didn’t completely rule it out.

The governor also approved a comprehensive budget measure in May 2022 that contains clauses establishing the state’s ability to give some patients access to psychedelic-assisted therapy utilizing drugs such as psilocybin and MDMA.

The forward march of cannabis legalization around the United States opens up some potential markets that specialist companies such as REZYFi Inc. can tap as they expand their reach within the industry.

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