Most political debates aren't all that interesting. It features two candidates reciting talking points that are available on their websites, and no one really changes their mind. But an upcoming debate in Connecticut will be notable, if only for who's hosting it.
It was recently announced that the first debate for the Connecticut governor's race will be hosted by the state's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Yale University. Among the issues to be discussed at the debate will be marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, criminal justice reform and hemp production.
Three candidates are already scheduled to take part in the debate, which will take place on Tuesday November 28th: Democrats Mayor Dan Drew and former state senator Jonathan Harris, and Republican war veteran Micah Welintukonis.
Drew is currently the leading candidate among Democrats to take over the governor's race, and he's made it clear that he intends to legalize marijuana if elected governor. While the state is a pretty liberal, most political experts list the election next November as a toss-up that could go to either party.
But considering the states around Connecticut that have legalized marijuana (Maine and Massachusetts), the issue will certainly be prominent throughout the entire election. So it's not surprising that it would be a major focus in the first debate.