Bill Would Let CT Hemp Farmers Partner With Small Cannabis Growers; Ban THC Beverages From Variety Stores

The legislation next heads to the House floor

Connecticut hemp farmers would be allowed to partner with smaller adult-use cannabis cultivators under a wide-ranging update to the state’s 14-month-old retail marijuana market overwhelmingly approved Tuesday morning in a key legislative committee.

The amended bill, passed in a bipartisan vote of the General Law Committee, would limit the sale of beverages laced with THC – the active psycho-active ingredient in cannabis – to package stores only; allow the attorney general and local law enforcement to penalize and close stores that illegally sell THC-based products; and require the disclosure of mold and yeast levels in their cannabis products.

The legislation, which next heads to the House floor, was the result of negotiations among lawmakers, Attorney General William Tong and the Department of Consumer Protection, which administrates the medical and adult-use cannabis markets. Rep. Mike D’Agostino, D-Hamden, who in recent years has been the chief proponent of adult-use cannabis, said the bill isn’t entirely finished, because percentages of THC throughout the legislation are likely to change before it is debated on the House floor.

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