Recently, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut announced that the state would start clearing low-level cannabis records in 2023. The governor revealed that the state had identified more than 40,000 eligible cases for possession that would automatically be processed at the start of next year, under a provision of the marijuana legalization measure he signed in 2021.
Gov. Lamont explained that old low-level marijuana possession convictions shouldn’t hinder individuals from pursuing their professional, housing, career and educational aspirations. The governor also noted that this was especially important as employers in Connecticut sought to employ hundreds of thousands. Lamont’s office has also announced that individuals with an extensive range of minor convictions on their records will have the opportunity to petition the courts to seal their records under a separate reform measure that was enacted earlier this year.
In addition, Lamont also signed a large-scale budget measure earlier in the year, which includes provisions that would allow the state to provide eligible patients access to psychedelic-assisted therapy using substances such as psilocybin and MDMA.
The governor’s latest announcement comes as the state of Connecticut comes closer to launching its first adult-use cannabis market. It also comes weeks after President Joseph Biden issued a mass pardon for individuals with federal marijuana possession offenses.
Last month, President Biden applauded the move made by Governor Kate Brown of Oregon to grant thousands of cannabis pardons. He also urged governors in the country to follow suit by providing relief at the state level.
Governors in the country are of mixed opinions, with some promising that they would analyze their options while others opine that their hands are tied on the matter. For instance, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina voiced his support for cannabis decriminalization in October, noting that the time had come to end the stigma. Governor Cooper also announced that he was exploring his options for granting relief independently to individuals with existing convictions.
Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky also signed a pair of cannabis-related executive orders in November 2022. One of the orders would regulate delta-8 THC product sales while the other would protect patients eligible for medical marijuana and allow them to possess products legally obtained from dispensaries not located in the state.
Lamont, who celebrated the change in policy, has championed for marijuana legalization for quite some time. When asked about whether he would consume cannabis now that it was officially legal in the state, he stated that he wasn’t ruling out that option at the moment.
As the market expands in the state, the demand for the indoor cultivation equipment from Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) and other such manufacturers is likely to grow, boosting the bottom lines of these entities.
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