OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-349

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6726

File Copy No.: 700

Senate Calendar No.: 479

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

Significant

Significant

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment would result in a significant cost to the Department of Public Health (DPH) . It requires DPH to conduct a study to determine whether the decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana would result in an increase in persons experiencing, and seeking treatment for, depression or psychosis on or after 10/1/09. It is anticipated that DPH would require additional staff, or need to utilize outside professional services, to conduct this study. The extent of these costs will be dependent upon study design, scope and duration.

DPH must submit a report of the findings of this study to the General Assembly on or before 1/1/11.

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.