As recreational marijuana became legal in neighboring Massachusetts Tuesday, Connecticut lawmakers on both sides of the legalization debate believe Connecticut will most likely decriminalize marijuana use in its next legislative session.

Both Republican House member Vincent Candelora, who is a strong opponent of legalized marijuana, and Democratic House member Steven Stafstrom Jr., a supporter, believe the votes in the state Legislature will likely swing toward legalization in 2019. The next legislative session runs from Jan. 9 through early June.

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