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.