HARTFORD – There won't be a vote on legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Connecticut this year but that didn't stop supporters and opponents from speaking out at an informational hearing at the Capitol Tuesday.

Before Tuesday's meeting, a few dozen supporters gathered outside the hearing room and said meeting said legalizing marijuana would bring much-needed tax revenue and new jobs to the state.

"What's going to end up selling the bill is economy," said Michael Galipeau, a medical marijuana patient from Willimantic. "It makes economic sense."

"I'm willing to pay whatever taxes so we don't have to go to jail for this," said Seamus Kelly of Waterbury.

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Russell Blair ~ Hartford Courant ~

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