Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-1032

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL REORGANIZATION OF STATUTES INVOLVING THE ILLEGAL SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.

Vote Date:

3/31/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/22/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill comes to the Judiciary Committee from the CT Sentencing Commission which was suggested to them by retired LCO staff attorney, Richard Taft who was a long time Judiciary Committee assigned attorney.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Division of Criminal Justice: Respectfully recommends this bill that is strictly technical in nature and is designed to make the statute clearer. A working group established by the Sentencing Commission reviewed these suggestions and the full Commission unanimously endorsed this legislation.

Judicial Branch: As a member of the Sentencing Commission they support the intent of this proposal to create a statute that is neutral and makes existing law more clear.

Office of the Public Defender, Legal Counsel Deborah Del Prete: Proposed language clarifies the narcotic statute and makes it clearer to interpret and they request the Judiciary Committee vote favorably on this bill.

Sentencing Commission: This proposal would simply reorganize and restructure the drug sales statutes and urge the committee to support. The proposed reorganization of statutes dates back to 2007, in 2016, Rick Taff (LCO Attorney assigned to Judiciary Committee) brought this issues to us and we unanimously adopted a resolution requesting amendments that are in this bill.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

William MacDonald, Monroe CT: In support. Mr. MacDonald offered testimony regarding his personal diagnosis of aggressive thyroid cancer and the healing effects of high dose cannabis oils extract. He encouraged home growing rights for marijuana for the medical as well as therapeutic effects just “being around” cannabis will achieve.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None submitted

Reported by: Staci M. Roy

Date: 4/5/2017