The Role Of Equity In Cannabis Legalization

A CTPharma employee checks on the cannabis plants. Yehyun Kim/CT Mirror

In his budget address last month, Governor Ned Lamont announced that the legalization of recreational cannabis was a top priority for his administration. 

Lamont released his own proposed legalization bill, which legislators in Hartford have already begun to debate. 

Many of the questions surrounding the bill center on equity, and whether the state can legalize cannabis in a way that supports the communities most harmed by drug criminalization and enforcement. 

This hour on Disrupted, we explore the role equity plays in marijuana legalization – and find out what we can learn from other states. 


  • Kebra Smith-Bolden – Founder and CEO, CannaHealth
  • Jason Ortiz – President, Minority Cannabis Business Association
  • Jonathan Harris – Senior Advisor to Governor Ned Lamont  
  • Dasheeda Dawson – Cannabis Program Supervisor for the city of Portland, Oregon 

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