Connecticut House Committee Approves Bill to Allow Broader Cannabis Industry Enforcement

Connecticut lawmakers have advanced a proposal giving the state attorney general and law enforcement officials more power to penalize and shut down shops that illegally sell THC products. The bill will be considered next on the House floor.

Full story after the jump.

The Connecticut General Law Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow the state attorney general and local law enforcement to penalize and close shops that illegally sell THC products, CT Insider reports. The measure would also require mold and yeast exposure in cannabis products and limit the sale of THC-infused beverages to package stores, which sell beer and liquor in the state.  

Rep. Mike D’Agostino (D) told CT Insider that the bill’s THC restrictions will likely change before it’s brought up for debate on the House floor.

“Right now the bill says up to two-and-a-half percent THC per container. Only sold at liquor stores, not sold at restaurants, not sold at convenience stores, not sold anywhere else.” — D’Agostino, during the committee session, via CT Insider 

The measure would also allow licensed cultivators to step down to smaller micro-cultivation projects and partner with existing hemp farmers, in an effort to address the flower undersupply issue that has emerged in the 15-month-old program.

State Sen. Christine Cohen (D) told CT Insider that hemp farmers have struggled in the state, particularly since the broad legalization of cannabis. Under the measure, hemp products that contain very low amounts of THC would also be subjected to new age restrictions and testing requirements. Last session, a bill to allow hemp farmers to join the adult-use market failed in the Legislature.  

The bill moves next to the House floor. 

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