Malloy makes Rolling Stone list of pot reformers

No he didn’t make the cover of Rolling Stone, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did make the magazine’s top 10 list of politicians on pot reform.

Malloy made the list along with Rep, Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Vermont Gov. Pete Shumlin is also on Rolling Stone’s refer-friendly list.

The magazine wrote that the 10 are among the “political power players fighting to reform the pot policies that lock up more than 800,000 Americans per year.”

Rolling Stone wrote of Malloy:

“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.)

Read the entire article here.

The first offense for having less than a half-ounce of weed is $150. Get caught again and the fines range from $200 to $500. Three-time offenders must attend attend a drug education program at their own cost.

Here’s a summary of Connecticut’s decriminalized pot laws here.

Jim Shay