HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to reduce the penalty for possessing less than a half-ounce of marijuana has passed a key committee vote in the Connecticut General Assembly.
The new bill would impose an infraction for possessing small amounts of marijuana, instead of a misdemeanor and possible prison term. The legislation passed the finance committee Tuesday by a 31-20 vote. It moves to the Senate.
Under the bill, a second or subsequent offense would be punishable by a fine of $200 to $500.
Malloy supports the proposal as a way to help reduce the state’s prison population, making the criminal justice system more cost-effective. But Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane has said people don’t go to prison for possession of small amount of marijuana unless there are other aggravating factors.
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