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Should the Legislature Decriminalize Marijuana?

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The Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Supporters say it will free up an already overburdened court system, while critics say it's a dangerous step toward legalizing marijuana possession.

According to a CBS article, the bill would impose an infraction for possessing small amounts of marijuana, instead of a misdemeanor and possible prison term. CBS reports that the legislation passed the finance committee Tuesday by a 31-20 vote, and that it now moves to the Senate.

John Thomas, a Quinnipiac University School of Law professor who specializes in law and medicine, said, "I believe this bill makes for good social and economic policy. From the social policy perspective, it aligns Connecticut with New York and Massachusetts and articulates a drug policy that is not so draconian that it cannot practically be enforced."

"From an economic perspective," he added, "the bill ensures that in times of financial challenge, the state will not use its law enforcement resources to prosecute and incarcerate individuals for modest transgressions against social mores."

ted Aub May 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Do you want your family members to be crossing a street, where a driver who has already smoked a "joint" or two and now is or has had a legal beer or two to compromise the safety of pedestrians and other drivers?Does the word impaired have any meaning here?
c May 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM
I agree with the above, this would mean someone can smoke a joint and a hour later drive the school bus, pilot a plane, drive a forklift, operate on your children.... impaired.... How about a 16-24 year olds getting in a car, anyone getting in their car? the police have enough work now with alcohol, texting, why add more to the equation?
Greg Baker May 12, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I think it should be treated the same as Alcohol
Ryan May 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM
You people are so ridiculous "smoke a joint then drive a school bus an hour later", "Smoke a joint than have 2 legal beers and drive", come on people first off people already smoke marijuana this just makes it less illegal to free up the courts. Second alcohol is much worse and so are many prescriptions out there so do you want to make prescriptions illegal because a few people abuse it and drive when they shouldn't . If you are that concerned about driving safety than make alcohol also illegal. Most companies especially the ones that hire drivers already have a drug testing policy that this bill wouldn't change that companies can always not allow their employees not to do any drugs by testing.
Brian Devlin May 14, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Are you all kidding?They sould legalize pot and they should impose laws just like DUI laws.Sure,people should be able to smoke it at home ,parties,the beach,ect;but have laws prohibiting smoking and driving.Just like driking and driving.Why do you think they have designated drivers.Think when you drink,Think when you smoke.I think the problems with driving and texting and talking on cell phones would far outway the problems with smoking and driving!

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