Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Connecticut May Decriminalize Marijuana

Indoor cannabis plant during flowering
A new bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana faces a key vote in the Connecticut State Legislature today.

The bill would make possession of less than an ounce of pot a civil infraction, similar to a traffic ticket, with a fine of $100. Repeat offenders would be charged a $500 fine.

Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy supports the bill and says it is a good way to reduce the population of the state's overcrowded prisons and make the criminal justice system more cost-effective, but the bill has it's critics as well. Top state attorney Kevin Kane is arguing against the bill, saying that marijuana offenders already avoid prison most of the time unless there are aggravating factors.

The state finance committee is expected to vote on the law today. If it passes, the bill will still have to get through the full General Assembly before it will becomes law.

I don't believe there should be any fines for marijuana at all, but if it passes this will be a small step in the right direction. Kuddos Connecticut.
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1 comment:

  1. What Kevin Kane doesnt tell you is that the poor (yes there are poor people in this state) cant get out of prison, they cant afford the rehab deal or a good lawyer. Second you still have the time and process of the legal system cause you are getting arrested and have to appear in court, that kills the argument and protects the possessor from the feds