Gov. Ned Lamont said the state has identified about 44,000 qualifying possession cases under provisions of the marijuana legalization bill he signed last year that will be automatically processed early this year. In the meantime, his office said, people with broader juvenile convictions on their records will be able to petition the courts to seal their records. The law creates a streamlined "clean slate" program that is expected to be fully implemented by late next year. The announcement comes as the first adult-use marijuana retailer is set to open in Connecticut, a development that Lamont previewed this summer. Meanwhile, the governor also signed a massive budget bill in May that includes psychedelic-assisted treatment with substances such as ecstasy and psilocybin for certain patients.