Legislation that may legalize marijuana for adults 21 years previous and over has been slowly advancing in Connecticut, however an affiliation of teams raised their voice on Wednesday in a presentation in state capitol Hartford to categorical concern over the difficulty.
Their concern is the youngsters. ”I see it every single day within the individuals I’m going to faculty with,” native information channel WTNH reported highschool senior Elizabeth Abernathy saying on the press convention. “By legalizing it for people over the age of 21, you are just opening the gates for people of all ages to gain access as it will be easier to obtain.”
Other activists like Madison Youth Services’ Scott Cochran claimed that “new products will evolve” which might be particularly interesting to younger individuals.
The presentation additionally included the voice of a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist that claimed that states with regulated hashish have the very best charges of teenage marijuana customers within the nation. “It’s just a matter of time that if we were to legalize, we would see the same trend,” cautioned Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza earlier than including that teenagers have been extra doubtless to develop psychological sicknesses once they use hashish at an early age.
Of course, not all are in settlement with that assertion. In 2017, a research was launched by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health discovered that the speed at which adolescents have been utilizing hashish had truly fallen within the post-legalization years. The research discovered that solely 9 % of Colorado teenagers reporting utilizing the drug, the bottom reported quantity in virtually a decade. After hashish legalization within the state — which was the primary within the nation to legalize leisure marijuana — teen utilization of alcohol, tobacco, and heroin additionally fell.
Colorado is among the many states which are taking additional steps to ensure that teenagers are sensible to details on hashish. The state has developed a recreation show-style program referred to as “Weeded Out” that’s funded by a small portion of the the state’s yearly hashish taxes, which rang in at $45 million final yr.
Connecticut is already a medicinal marijuana state — in 2012, its Senate accepted a medical marijuana program in a 21-13 vote. In August, the state’s Regulation Review Committee voted to broaden that program, including eight new well being circumstances that allowed individuals aged 18 and over to qualify. Small-scale marijuana possession has been decriminalized within the state since 2011, when Connecticut eradicated the specter of jail time for possession of small quantities of weed.
Last yr there was a legislative push within the state to legalize leisure marijuana. After passing approval within the House Appropriations Committee, the invoice stymied earlier than it was in a position to be handed into regulation, regardless of protests outdoors the Capitol Building in Hartford.
The state’s new-in-2019 governor Ned Lamont has said that he’s in favor of hashish regulation. “I don’t want the black market controlling marijuana distribution in our state,” he advised WSHU Public Radio. “I feel that it’s a awful means to go. Canada, Massachusetts, others are doing it and that’s going to lead to some enforcement issues. In the meantime, we implement Connecticut regulation.