Well done to the CT Marijuana Guiding Website

Thumbs up to Governor Ned Lamont’s office launching a website – ct.gov/cannabis – to answer questions from residents about the recent legalization of recreational marijuana. There may be understandable confusion among residents since, for example, retail cannabis in the state is unlikely to begin until next year. And while marijuana is now legal for adults 21 and older, potential users may not know how much they can own or consume. Ongoing updates on a public website can help anyone navigate this process.

Thumbs Down to an increase of nearly 128,000 Connecticut residents on Medicaid since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The boost brings the state’s total figure to just under a million and is attributed to the loss of jobs as a result of the crisis. Those numbers are sure to change again as eligibility requirements change and more people find jobs, but it’s another grim reminder of the pandemic’s ancillary tolls.

Thumbs up the increase in the number of families welcoming dogs during the pandemic. During this time of unprecedented social isolation, people across the country have found solace in welcoming pets. The blessing caused a save for vets and boarding services, but had countless benefits, including reminders to go out every day.

Thumbs Down to the delta variant reminding us that Connecticut hasn’t quite passed on the other side of the pandemic. The strain has increased by a few percentage points among incidents of positive tests week to week. That’s not an alarming number, translating to 48 confirmed people and a total of 3,302 in the state. But the delta variant is more transferable than the alpha strain, so it’s important to contain its spread lest we be forced to revert to practices we’ve been happy to lose in recent weeks.

Thumbs Down to a temperature spike in the average temperature in some Connecticut municipalities over the past two decades. Researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture have yet to understand the reasons for the increase, although much of it is in the Darien, Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk area. . A good place to start will be to explore how much shade has been lost to development.

Thumbs up to July 4, 2021 doing a fairly fair imitation of the “old normal”. No, not everything was quite the way it used to be, with masks still visible in the crowds during fireworks and local celebrations, but it certainly didn’t look like 2020 either. Connecticut residents took the opportunity to celebrate the decrease in COVID numbers and (for the most part) did so safely.

Thumbs Down to a lack of statewide standards on how patient data is collected and used on race, ethnicity and language. The loophole was revealed in a new report commissioned by the Connecticut Health Foundation. Anyone who has received their COVID vaccine may have noticed that these forms were lacking in detail. We’re not surprised given Connecticut’s history of following the city-to-city “home rule”, but it’s a problem with an easy cure. Connecticut should learn from best practices in other states.

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