Saturday, February 07, 2009

Mary Fritz speaks on proposed marijuana laws

The MRJs Jason Vallee reports:

State Rep. Mary G. Fritz, D-Wallingford, has always been opposed to laws that would legalize marijuana, but said this bill merits consideration.

"From my perspective, I think it's a great idea," she said Thursday. "Instead of putting these guys in prison at a cost of $40,000 per year because they had a nickel or dime bag, the better option is to mandate rehab or have them involved in community service."

Anyone laugh when they read the "nickel or dime bag" comment?

The article continues:

Fritz said the judicial system is overloaded with cases involving low-level users - those with less than an ounce who are not dealing - and in many cases these people are not involved in any other drug use.

But Fritz also believes marijuana can be a gateway drug that leads users to more potent and dangerous narcotics...

On this, I agree with Rep. Fritz. CT has overloaded courts (and Gov. Rell proposed closing two of them) and our prisons are crowded. I want the state to ensure the violent, predatory criminals are behind bars.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

There's actually little scientific evidence that pot leads to hard drugs for most people.

The stuff should be legalized, period. Control it like alcohol by limiting it to adults and applying DUI laws.

Otherwise, it's none of the government's business (Mary Fritz's business) what I do in the privacy of my own home.

Anonymous said...

Peter Tosh said it long ago "Legalize it."