HARTFORD, CT — The state Legislature on Wednesday, the final day of the General Assembly’s regular legislative session, approved a two-year, $46.3 billion state budget but failed to pass an adult-use marijuana legalization bill.

A special session to consider the marijuana legalization bill could happen within the next couple of weeks.

While the General Assembly passed the new budget before Wednesday’s midnight adjournment, the bill legalizing the adult use of cannabis was not going to make it in time. Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives said they would take up that and other bills in a special legislative session.

Their decision comes after Republican House members who oppose the legislation were expected to run out the clock by…

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