October 10th, 2012 | City

Malloy ranked among top 10 in cannabis debate

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Photo by Anjali Balakrishna.

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy may not have been on the cover of Rolling Stone this month, but the magazine just named him one of the country’s top 10 politicians “on the right side” of the medical marijuana debate.

Last year, Malloy approved a bill that decriminalized medical marijuana and reduced penalties for people found with the drug. Instead of facing a $1,000 fine and possible jail time, cannabis offenders now have to pay $250 for their first offense and up to $500 for subsequent violations.

But some have questioned the Governor’s motivations in his recent legislation — his son has allegedly been arrested twice for unlawful marijuana possession, including once in 2007.