Who ever said Connecticut is uptight? In the past few years we have become the third state to legalize gay marriage, and now we’ve decriminalized possession of marijuana. I say Connecticut is the new cool kid on the playground.
“HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation decriminalizing marijuana, with supporters calling it a “common sense reform.” The measure heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has promised to sign it into law.
After a nearly four-hour debate, the House voted 90-57 to soften the punishment for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana to fines of $150 for a first offense and $200 to $500 for subsequent offenses. Current state law classifies marijuana possession as a misdemeanor, punishable by a possible jail term and larger fines.
Those younger than 21 would face a 60-day driver’s license suspension, similar to the current penalty for possessing alcohol.
The bill also requires anyone 18 years old or younger who is caught with less than a half-ounce to be referred to the state’s juvenile courts. And it requires referral to a drug education program for anyone who for a third time enters a plea of no contest or is found guilty of possessing less than one half-ounce of marijuana.”
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