Connecticut Police Chiefs Express Concern about Potential of Marijuana Legalization

Law enforcement officials across the state will be paying close attention to proposed legislation on marijuana legalization.

Connecticut Police Chiefs Association President John Salvatore said while the group has not taken an official stance on proposed bills, there are some reservations among chiefs about permitting marijuana for recreational use.

“That’s largely from what we’re witnessing from other states,” Salvatore said. “This is definitely a concern for us.”

There are several bills this session, by both Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate that would make recreational use legal in the state. Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, pre-filed legislation calling for the legalization and taxation of marijuana, suggesting revenue from marijuana sales should go to the general fund. State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, R-East Haddam, also filed a bill that would make it legal for anyone over 21 to use it.

A 2015 Quinnipiac University Poll found that 63 percent of Connecticut voters support legalization for adults.

Last year, a bill to legalize marijuana, sponsored by Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, was killed by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. When Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana in November, Candelaria said he was optimistic about the bill passing in 2017. [Read more at New Haven Register]

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