Malloy: Medical Marijuana Yes, Legalization No

Allan Appel PhotoConnecticut should see how its own experiment with marijuana laws turns out instead of rushing to follow Colorado and Washington to legalize it outright, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday.

Malloy (at center in photo, with New Haven state Sen. Martin Looney to his right), who’s running for reelection, made the remark in response to a question during yet another press event in New Haven, promoting solar energy at Quality Honda.

He was asked the question as one of the candidates seeking to replace him, independent Jonathan Pelto, called in an Independent interview for legalizing marijuana. He argued decriminalization has made matters worse for urbandwellers; click here to read his reasoning.

“I’m not ready to go down that road,” Malloy, a Democrat, said Wednesday.

“I think Connecticut’s been a leader in our approach to marijuana. In my first legislative session I convinced the legislature to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. I’m very proud of that. It’s had a massive impact on our judicial system, making it far mroe efficient. And then subsequently we were able to win the battle on medical marijuana, which will probably begin to be sold some time in September, is what I’m being told.

“We’ve pushed the dialogue nationally in the direction we’ve pushed it. Other folks are pushing it in a different direction.”

He added that future decisions about marijuana laws should never hinge on “economic concerns”—i.e. the flood of revenue government can capture by taxing legalized cannabis.

A spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said Foley also opposes legalization. So did fellow Republican candidate John McKinney and independent Joe Visconti. The following videos show Pelto, MckInney and Visconti addressing the issue in Independent interviews.

Allan Appel reported.

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posted by: TheMadcap on August 6, 2014  4:21pm

Oh c’mon, a decent majority of the state is in favor of legalization, we all know legalization is the end result in a few years with the given trend, and most of your potential voters support legalization. Just come out in favor of it, you might actually motivated some younger people to turn out in an off year election.

posted by: Walt on August 6, 2014  5:26pm

Your questionnaire is still heavily biased   toward decriminalization

You should erase the “de”  in the second question in your voting sheet to give folks like the Governor and me a legitimate opportunity to vote

As it is we can not honestly vote.

posted by: BillSaunders1 on August 6, 2014  8:14pm

Malloy really looks like he could use a toke.

posted by: HewNaven on August 7, 2014  6:50am

Sounds like someone who wants to lose an election.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on August 7, 2014  10:03am

I agree with you 100%  And that slight sliver that I might of actually voted for him is now gone.

posted by: IRISH33 on August 7, 2014  11:39am

How about Medical Marijuana for children. Like Charlottes web strain which has little if none of the THC that makes people high, to help our kids who are suffering from Epilepsy. Come on NOW