Needless to say, I welcome this development with open arms. The criminalization of marijuana in small amounts is stupid. Hell, the criminalization of possessing large amounts of marijuana is stupid.
The goals are two-fold, Looney said in testimony before the Judiciary Committee this morning: to remove the lingering stigma of a criminal conviction from the offense of possessing a small amount of the drug, and to prevent law enforcement resources from being spent prosecuting non-violent drug offenders.
Hopefully with a guy like Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney supporting this, this legislation will have legs.