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Connecticut governor urges approval of recreational marijuana, sports betting

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont delivers his budget address at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. on Wednesday.Jessica Hill/Associated Press/FR125654 AP via AP

Governor Ned Lamont says he’s hoping to work with Connecticut lawmakers on two new potential sources of revenue: sports betting and recreational marijuana sales.

The Democrat did not include details about either concept in his new two-year budget, which he unveiled on Wednesday.

But Lamont listed sports betting, internet wagering, and marijuana legalization among the new sources of revenue that must be enacted. During his address, Lamont said legalizing recreational marijuana like Connecticut’s neighbors ‘‘will make for a safer market that will be carefully regulated and taxed.’’

Lawmakers have begun debating some of these issues, but it remains unclear if legislation will pass this session, which adjourns June 5.


Lamont’s budget also does not refer to additional casino gambling in the state, another issue lawmakers will be debating.