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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) speaking during a press conference in February 2021. Photo Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signed a bill on Tuesday legalizing the use and sale of marijuana for adults 21 and older.

Why it matters: Connecticut is now the 19th state in the country, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize marijuana for non-medical use.

  • Five states have voted to legalize marijuana legislatively this year alone.
  • South Dakota also voted to legalize marijuana in a ballot measure in November, but it's currently being challenged in court.

Details: Starting July 1, residents 21 years old or older across Connecticut will be allowed to possess 1.5 ounces of marijuana on their person and five ounces in their home or vehicle's glove box or trunk.

  • The commercial sale of cannabis in the state will not start until May 2022.

What they're saying: “This legislation recognizes that the responsible use of marijuana by adults should not be a crime, and that those who carry the stigma of a criminal record for their past use of cannabis should receive relief," said Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

  • "Regulating cannabis, rather than criminalizing it, has proven to be a superior public policy — which is why more and more states are rapidly moving in this direction," Armentano added.

Go deeper: Potency limits are the next frontier in marijuana debate

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Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."

Stephen Breyer formally announces retirement from Supreme Court

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.

State of play: Breyer said his retirement will take effect when the court "rises for the summer recess (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed."

COVID created an epic U.S. trade gap

Chart: Axios Visuals. Data: Census Bureau/Bureau of Economic Analysis

The details of the blockbuster fourth quarter GDP report released Thursday morning tell a vivid story of how the underpinnings of the world economy have been reshaped by the pandemic.

One example: In the arithmetic around U.S. economic output, trade acted as a more severe drag last year than it has in a generation.