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.: 6298

File Copy No.: 700

Senate Calendar No.: 479

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Mental Health & Addiction Serv., Dept.

GF - Cost

Significant

Significant

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment requires the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to conduct a study to determine whether the decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana would result in an increase in drug addiction rates, mental health problems, or both, in the state of Connecticut. DMHAS must submit a report to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2011. It is expected that a study of this magnitude will result in significant increased costs to DMHAS. It is unclear whether the department would require additional staff or contract with an outside entity to conduct this study. The extent of these costs will be dependent upon study design, scope and duration.

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.