Connecticut: Governor Backs Decriminalizing Marijuana

Hartford, CT: Newly elected Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy last week reaffirmed his support for legislation that seeks to reduce minor marijuana possession to a noncriminal offense.

Malloy endorsed reducing adult marijuana possession penalties from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by one year in jail and a $1,000 fine) to an infraction, punishable by a nominal fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. Malloy advocated for the change as a way for the state to reallocate criminal justice resources and reduce taxpayer expenditures.

Gov. Malloy also reaffirmed his support for legalizing the physician-authorized use of medical marijuana. State lawmakers passed medical cannabis legislation in 2007 only to have it vetoed by then-Gov. Jodi Rell, a Republican.

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