Demonstrators, Conn. Lawmakers Name For Hashish Fairness – NBC Connecticut

Lawmaker and Governor Ned Lamont are negotiating a bill to legalize cannabis. To do this, however, they must find a path that is fair to communities that have been hit by the war on drugs for decades.

“You won’t have an equity position where you own everything and I work for you for $ 15 an hour. No, that’s not going to happen, ”said Senator Doug McCrory, D-Hartford.

McCrory says there is no legalization of cannabis without justice.

“You come with millions of dollars and you want to get into this game. And got my people out of the game because we risked our livelihoods. We went to jail because we had no other resources or option to support our families and now you want to change the game and take it over. No, this won’t fly for me, ”McCrory said.

Senator Gary Winfield is working to bring the various parties together to find a solution that will get enough votes to exist.

“There will be no bill if there is no equity,” said Winfield.

Senator Julie Kushner and MP Robyn Porter

Winfield and members of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus signaled that they will only endorse the bill if the equity rules are in place.

“I would urge everyone to hold their fire. Let’s take a look at the agenda and not necessarily hold the cannabis bill hostage for an item, ”Lamont said.

Lamont has its own expectations and legislation.

“If you get an invoice that doesn’t meet some basic requirements, postpone it for another year, as you have done for many years in the past. You cannot allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good, ”said Lamont.

“There will be no legalization of cannabis in this state without justice being defined,” said Winfield.

Lawyers who gathered outside the Legislative Office building on Tuesday support a separate bill passed by the Working Committee.

“This bill focuses on ensuring that the communities hardest hit by the war on drugs are the main beneficiaries of the new cannabis industry. There will be lots of jobs, lots of business done, ”said Jason Ortiz, president of the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

What do you want?

“We want homes to grow for everyone, we want labor peace agreements, and we want real justice,” he added.

Ortiz said he would prefer if they got it right from the start.

“I think we can do it right now. I think the governor understands what we want and the point is to find out where the compromise can take place, ”Ortiz said.