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Connecticut Legislature decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana


Legislation that makes possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana a civil violation heads to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy's (D) desk Tuesday after being approved by the state House.

Malloy already said he would sign it into law, making Connecticut the 14th state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The state Senate passed the measure Saturday.

"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," he said in a statement. "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."

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