According to MPP Blog and various other sources, the Connecticut House voted and passed a bill today to decriminalize marijuana in the state. The Senate had passed it over the weekend, so now it’s just down to Governor Dan Malloy to sign it.
MPP’s Dan Riffle says of the bill:
With today’s vote, the penalty for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana will drop from a misdemeanor to a civil violation. First offense possession of a small amount of marijuana, or paraphernalia intended for it, will be punishable by a $150 fine, with penalties escalating to $200-500 for a second offense, and mandatory treatment for a third offense. Most importantly, violators will be cited rather than arrested and will not be saddled with a criminal record.
One small step for justice and humanity in fighting the drug war. Congratulations, Connecticut!
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