Rolling Stone: Gov. Malloy Among Best Pro-Pot Politicians

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was lauded for his work to decriminalize the drug and legalize medical marijuana.


Not everyone is a fan of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s fiscal policies, as one think tank recenly gave the governor a flunking grade in that category. When it comes to Malloy’s policies on marijuana, Rolling Stone Magazine gave ample praise.

Malloy was named in a top-ten list of pro-marijuana politicians, joining U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

According to Rolling Stone:

Last year, Connecticut's governor signed a marijuana decriminalization bill into law. Instead of facing a $1,000 fine and possible jail time, marijuana offenders now must pay $150 for their first offense and between $200 and $500 for subsequent violations. This spring, Malloy also signed a new law making Connecticut the country's 17th state to legalize medical marijuana. (As his opponents often point out, Connecticut's governor has a personal stake in marijuana policy reform: His son, now in his twenties, has had multiple legal run-ins allegedly involving marijuana.)

Malloy signed the medical marijuana bill into law in June, and it just went into effect on Oct. 1.

“With careful regulation and safeguards, this law will allow a doctor and a patient to decide what is in that patient’s best interest,” Malloy said after passing the bill. 

Siwanoy October 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
"Connecticut's governor has a personal stake in marijuana policy reform: His son, now in his twenties, has had multiple legal run-ins allegedly involving marijuana.)" I know this is from the rolling stone, but that is a flat out lie. Malloy isn't pro-legalization, he's pro decriminalization, huge difference. Additionally, NONE of what his son did would be considered legal with decriminalized marijuana and/or legal medical marijuana.
Tom Falconieri October 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM
WHAT DO YOU KNOW A LIBERAL WITH A PERSONAL AGENDA. TELL ME IT AINT SO. Liberals so predictable. And with that what do you expect from a LIBERAL. I VOTED FOR THE OTHER GUY. You know the GOOD ONE!!!
sebastian dangerfield October 11, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Siwanoy (even though you may not say you said this--which is your annoying habit) when you say "that is a flat out lie" What is the lie? If your son likes marijuana , you dont have a personal stake? Is that the lie? Siwanoy, sorry, you should consider thinking before posting. I know marijuana is your self-proclaimed area of expertise--but lets just say, if the kid likes pot. he doesnt need to go around with a pound of pot. If they catch him with a tiny amount, which is within reality--then he wont be charged with a crime. Furthermore, Im unaware of any severe penalities this kid paid. Did he go to jail for these more serious crimes? Did he go to jail for stealing? Yeah, you are probably right--his father the politician, most likely does not consider his son ever. How about this--I think the first arrest was in 2007. Why not produce just one sentence from the man in 2006 and before, that establishes that this was part of his agenda , way before his son was arrested. I think that would go a long way to disproving the notion that his attitude about pot existed irrespective of his son's involvement. The problem is Siwanoy--you just wont be able to disprove that. You also wont be able to state with any level of confidence, that each and every encounter with pot has been documented and prosecuted. If he had been caught other times with 1/4 ounce, he may have just been driven home by the cops. One thing is clear-he doesnt seem to go to jail.
Siwanoy October 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
the lie, is this "Connecticut's governor has a personal stake in marijuana policy reform: His son, now in his twenties, has had multiple legal run-ins allegedly involving marijuana.)" None of the policies he put into effect (with the help of CGA) as well as any policies he supports would have changed the legality of what his son did. Malloy has never put forth a policy that would legalize what his son was doing I don't need to answer any of those questions you posed, as I never said the kid got in trouble. So to say he has a personal stake in policy reform is disingenuous, Malloy isn't trying to decriminalize or legalize what his son did. Perhaps Malloy was more influenced by fellow Connecticut politician Linda Bacchionchi, "The biggest Republican proponent of the bill was Rep. Linda Marie “Penny” Bacchiochi, who has told the story about her purchase of marijuana since the 2003 debate. She has told legislators that her husband was dying of cancer and became a paraplegic after an operation to remove a tumor. Suffering intense pain, he could find no relief from a series of medications until a doctor recommended an unusual treatment: medical marijuana."


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