Connecticut lawmakers have advanced a recreational marijuana bill out of committee, setting up the state legislature to vote on legalizing the substance in the state for the first time.

The appropriations committee voted 27-24 in favor of the bill Thursday, advancing it to the full General Assembly, the Hartford Courant reported.

The bill would require the state to create a plan to legalize and regulate marijuana. The measure would also create programs for substance abuse treatment, prevention, education and awareness. 

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