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WWL: A More Sensible State Policy on Marijuana?
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
Aired:
02/27/2009
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Debating proposed state legislation to decriminalize posession of marijuana

 

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49:15 minutes (23.64 MB)
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Senators Martin Looney and Toni Harp have introduced legislation calling for the creation of "a more sensible state policy regarding marijuana possession by classifying the possession of a small amount of marijuana as an infraction." Such a law would effectively decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the drug, as Massachusetts did late last year. The massive state budget deficit has prompted lawmakers to scrutinize every spending category—including law enforcement.

Proponents of reform say that the cost of arresting, investigating, and prosecuting, low-level users outpaces the benefits of a zero tolerance policy. Critics say that decriminalization leads to confusion, both for young people, and law-enforcement officers trying to fairly enforce marijuana laws. Coming up on Where We Live, we’ll consider the question with State Senator Martin Looney. We’ll get a law enforcement prospective from a Massachusetts officer and talk about the latest research on drug policy.

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Listener Email from Mark in Groton

Don't kid yourself. The parolees and probationers in CT can't wait for another weakness and ambiguity like this. Bad idea How 'bout less than 1 oz on 10 different occasions. Just keep paying fines and creating paperwork.

Listener Email from Erik

Legalization is wrong because it risks freedom. We are not able to and should not be allowed to make decisions about our personal private behavior. We need the government and police to decide what is best for us. Hopefully, the wisdom of dictating private behavior will prevail and we will instead go in the opposite direction of authorities controlling social behavior. We must be controlled.

Erik Gunther
Branford, CT