Pot, Casino Bills Up in Smoke For Now

Connecticut's state Legislature's finance committee failed to vote Tuesday on controversial bills to ban smoking at state casinos and to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

Supporters argue the fight for both bills is not over.

The bills could still reach the floor of the Connecticut House or Senate before the assembly's regular session adjourns on June 3.

The casino smoking ban has drawn criticism from both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, who argue the ban would affect their revenue, and in turn, tax revenue for the state. Supporters of the ban point to the adverse health effects linked to smoking and second-hand smoke.

Opponents of the bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana argue prosecuting people in possession of less than an ounce of the substance say the law would send a bad moral message.  Supporters say prosecution of those suspects adds to unnecessary court costs.

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