The Connecticut Senate recently voted to approve the use of recreational cannabis.

The Connecticut Senate recently voted to approve the use of recreational cannabis.

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Jun. 17—Come July 1, possession of marijuana will be legal in Connecticut, and retail sales will likely be underway by May 2022.

The state Senate voted 16 to 11 Thursday to approve the use of recreational cannabis and sent the bill to Gov. Ned Lamont for signature. Lamont said he would sign the bill.

A monthslong process to legalize marijuana, which some lawmakers noted has been decades in the making, at last reached a conclusion.

Locally, state Sens. Cathy Osten, D- Sprague, and Norm Needleman, D- Essex, voted yes. State Sen. Heather Somers, R- Groton, voted no. State Sen. Paul Formica, R- East Lyme, who is on vacation, did not cast a vote. On Wednesday, all four senators had agreed that…



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