Marijuana

Connecticut lessens penalties for marijuana possession

Sunday, June 12, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: Connecticut, marijuana, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Delicious
(NaturalNews) The federal government's phony "war on drugs" is slowly being deconstructed by individual states that are deciding to lessen penalties for, or flat-out decriminalize, the possession of marijuana. This week, Connecticut became the 13th U.S. state to at least partially decriminalize marijuana when it passed SB 1014, a bill that lessens the punishment for being caught possessing marijuana from a criminal offense to a lesser infraction.

In a vote of 90 to 57, the Connecticut House voted to pass SB 1014, and Governor Dan Malloy is expected to sign the bill into law soon. The bill's provisions will pin a $150 fine on first-time offenders caught with half an ounce or less of marijuana, while repeat offenders will be subject to at least a $200, but no greater than $500, fine. You can read the bill for yourself here:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/TOB/S/2011SB-0101...

"Final approval of this legislation accepts the reality that the current law does more harm than good -- both in the impact it has on people's lives and the burden it places on police, prosecutors and probation officers of the criminal justice system," said Malloy in a statement following the bill's passage.

Not everyone is pleased with the decision, however. State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) pulled the "think about the children" card when she posted a statement on her website suggesting that the bill's passage sets a bad example for young people by essentially suggesting that drugs are not harmful. Too bad she does not take the same approach for prescription drugs, which are far more damaging to health and society than marijuana usage (http://www.naturalnews.com/024765_drug_drugs...).

According to Connecticut's nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, SB 1014 will save the state roughly $1 million in court and legal costs, while generating $1.4 million in new fines and fees. Meanwhile, the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is working toward complete marijuana reform in the state. It plans to reintroduce reform legislation that died in the Senate last year due to time constraints.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/9005...

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.