OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-349

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR POSSESSION OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6249

File Copy No.: 700

Senate Calendar No.: 479

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Public Safety, Dept.; Correction, Dept.; Criminal Justice, Div.; Judicial Dept.; Pub. Defender Serv. Com.

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

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FY 11 $

Municipal Police Departments

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Explanation

The amendment increases from 18 to 21 the earliest age for which possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana is treated as a violation. This decreases the number of arrests and court cases which would be treated as violations under the bill, which results in a reduction in the potential savings identified in the bill. It also results in a reduction in the revenue gain to the Judicial Department identified in the bill.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.