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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana have unveiled a package of legislation, like proposals to tax the drug and clear criminal records of low-level drug offenders.

The group of Residence Democrats laid out the strategy Thursday to permit marijuana to be cultivated, manufactured and sold to buyers in Connecticut. The bills will originate in a number of committees, but the lawmakers stressed the legislation is not finalized.

Hamden Rep. Michael D’Agostino says 1 bill creates a pilot system for marijuana sales to adults more than 21, starting the finish of 2019. The drafts do not permit persons to develop their personal marijuana. Rather, lawmakers say it would be modeled just after Connecticut’s current, tightly regulated health-related marijuana system.


Prospective tax income from recreational marijuana sales has been estimated to be $30 million to $180 million annually.