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    Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes in CT

    Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes | NBC Connecticut

    The state has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

    Last week, the Senate narrowly approved the legislation that supporters call a common sense reform to the judicial system. On Tuesday, it passed the House, 90 to 57.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy supports the measure, which would eliminate the misdemeanor offense from possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Rather than a $1,000 fine and, a criminal record and possible jail time, offenders would pay a $150 fine for a first offense and a fine ranging from $200 to $500 for subsequent offenses.

    “Let me make it clear - we are not legalizing the use of marijuana. In modifying this law, we are recognizing that the punishment should fit the crime, and acknowledging the effects of its application,” Malloy said in a statement. “There is no question that the state’s criminal justice resources could be more effectively utilized for convicting, incarcerating and supervising violent and more serious offenders.”

    Those younger than 21 would face a 60-day driver's license suspension, similar to the existing penalty for possessing alcohol.
    Fines make a lot more sense for small possession than tossing people in jail. Mind you, I think it should just be legalized and taxed as alcohol is. In any case, this is progress away from draconian drug policies. I'm wondering how the Federal government will weigh in on this decision.

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    Every little baby step helps.
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    Awesome. Although full legalization is desirable, this is a good step.
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    If people would go read the History of how Marijuana first made illegal they would learn that it had going on nothing with public safety or any of the other phony trumped up reasons it was made illegal.

    The main reason it is illegal is because back in the 30′s William Randolph Hearst owned a lot of newspapers and owned the paper mills that printed the paper. Hemp (which of course is not exactly the same thing as marijuana but is commonly associated and lumped together with it) was competing with his paper production so he rallied his friends in power (government) and finally made it illegal in 1937. I don’t think a lot of people know this.The interesting part is that when the case was originally brought before congress the prosecutor (Anslinger) claimed that it caused violence, attacks, delirium, death and was only used by poor black people (jazz musicians I believe). When the topic came back up in the 50′s the same guy (Anslinger) told congress a totally different story. Now his tale said that it should be illegal because it caused mellowness and apathy. He said the communists would try to use it against our youth in a bid to corrupt America.

    They also accused Mexicans of going nuts and murdering while on Pot, tiatlly racist.

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    I don't believe I will surprise anybody as probably you have seen it. Anyway, here we go:


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    Re: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes in CT

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    If people would go read the History of how Marijuana first made illegal they would learn that it had going on nothing with public safety or any of the other phony trumped up reasons it was made illegal.

    The main reason it is illegal is because back in the 30′s William Randolph Hearst owned a lot of newspapers and owned the paper mills that printed the paper. Hemp (which of course is not exactly the same thing as marijuana but is commonly associated and lumped together with it) was competing with his paper production so he rallied his friends in power (government) and finally made it illegal in 1937. I don’t think a lot of people know this.The interesting part is that when the case was originally brought before congress the prosecutor (Anslinger) claimed that it caused violence, attacks, delirium, death and was only used by poor black people (jazz musicians I believe). When the topic came back up in the 50′s the same guy (Anslinger) told congress a totally different story. Now his tale said that it should be illegal because it caused mellowness and apathy. He said the communists would try to use it against our youth in a bid to corrupt America.

    They also accused Mexicans of going nuts and murdering while on Pot, tiatlly racist.
    I didn't know any of that, but it's not surprising. Hearst was total d-bag.

    I think, as the OPdoes, that it should be de-criminalized, sold and taxed like alcohol. Aside from all the people we wouldn't be locking up, it would also take some power from the Mexican drug lords selling Americans pot.

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    I remember getting pulled over and they found a roach in my ashtray, (my brother left it there, he used my truck to move some furniture, ass)
    SC trooper wrote me a 500.oo ticket and sent me on my way,
    and that was 15 years ago.
    I remember thinking phewww, I felt I got away lightly
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    Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes | NBC Connecticut



    Fines make a lot more sense for small possession than tossing people in jail. Mind you, I think it should just be legalized and taxed as alcohol is. In any case, this is progress away from draconian drug policies. I'm wondering how the Federal government will weigh in on this decision.
    I disagree with suspending a person under 21's Driver License unless the offense involved the operation of a motor vehicle.

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    Re: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes in CT

    Quote Originally Posted by shades View Post
    I remember getting pulled over and they found a roach in my ashtray, (my brother left it there, he used my truck to move some furniture, ass)
    SC trooper wrote me a 500.oo ticket and sent me on my way,
    and that was 15 years ago.
    I remember thinking phewww, I felt I got away lightly
    That is how I handle MJ possession... but only when dealing with assholes.
    If they have LARGE amounts... they are screwed... I view selling to be very criminal.
    But if they are cooperative, I just destroy it and send them on their way....

    I am on camera after all... so I cant just let them keep it...
    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
    Thus my obligatory condemnation of White supremacy will now be in every post, lest I be accused of supporting it because I didn't mention it specifically every time I post.

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    Re: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes in CT

    Alcohol should be criminalized. Pot is no big deal.

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