Back in November, we saw a glimmer of hope for the issue of legalized recreational marijuana in the state of Connecticut. On the heels of our neighbor to the north, Massachusetts, passing such a legalization via referendum, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy softened his usually harsh stance on the issue:
“Would I begin any day by saying I think we need to [legalize marijuana]? No,” Malloy said. “But I do have to re-examine that position in light of our very large shared border.”
The governor noted how consumers in northern Connecticut often head over the border to buy alcohol in Massachusetts, where taxes are lower.
It was probably too little too late, but it was something. Massachusetts would already have a head start as the leading marijuana seller (and taxer) in New England, even if Malloy would sign a bill legalizing the stuff. But late is better than never, especially when it could mean generating some much needed tax revenue for our state.
Well, prepare to deflate all those hopes. This week, The Hartford Courant reported that Malloy bashed the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana. Check out these quotations:
“First of all, I think it’s a mistake what Massachusetts has done and other states have done,” Malloy told reporters in Hartford. “I think we should hit the pause button and watch how it works in the region. … I think it’s a mistake.”
When asked by The Courant if he would veto recreational marijuana in Connecticut, Malloy said, “I don’t have a bill in front of me. I don’t think that should be taken up in the current or the oncoming session.”
He added, “I didn’t say anything good about marijuana. I didn’t say a single thing good about marijuana, except in medical terms” for both adults and children.
Do you know what that’s called? That right there is a textbook case of a sore loser. The man couldn’t get his act together and do what needed to be done. He just couldn’t do the job. And now, after Massachusetts pulled it off without a hitch and stands to rake in some dough that we could have had, the topic is a noticeably sore spot with him.
Listen, Governor, you cannot spend more than you take in, turn down the chance to make a little extra cash, then be upset when that cash goes somewhere else and someone asks why you turned it down. All you can do is take the lumps like a man. Sometimes in life, you’re wrong. Sometimes in life, someone beats you to the punch. Sometimes in life, you lose.
Governor Malloy, I’m sorry to tell you, but this is one of those times. You’re losing to Massachusetts in more ways than one. All we ask is that you not act like a sore loser while you do it, and maybe try to find a way to win one for Connecticut one of these days.