Connecticut Pot Legalization Bill Up For Vote Before Legislative Panel

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative committee is preparing to vote on a bill that could lead to legal recreational marijuana in Connecticut.

The Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would outline a process for legalization and allow people who were previously convicted of marijuana possession to petition the courts to have their records erased. The panel is expected to vote on Monday.

A second bill seeks to clarify that employers don't have to allow workers to possess, smoke or consume marijuana products, or perform their duties under the influence of cannabis.

The measures are among several making their way through the General Assembly this year. The process is likely to result with the crafting of a single legalization bill.

Three New England states, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, have legalized recreational marijuana.

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