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A majority of states have legalized recreational or medical marijuana use.

HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are poised to cast the first vote of the legislative session on a bill that could legalize recreatinal marijuana in Connecticut.

The General Law Committee is scheduled to vote Monday on legislation establishing a new Cannabis Control Commission within the Department of Consumer Protection. It would regulate the industry, issue licenses and study outstanding issues, such as whether consumers should be able to grow their own marijuana.

The bill spells out many details of a proposed legalized system, such as limiting consumption to people who are at least 21 and prohibiting the sale of cannabis via products and packaging designed to attract children.

While several marijuana-related bills are under consideration, it remains unclear if legalization will ultimately pass.

Lawmakers in neighboring Rhode Island are also debating whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

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