Buried in the Quinnipiac Poll which showed Chris Dodd and Rob Simmons essentially tied was this little nugget:
25. There is a proposal in the state legislature that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Low-level marijuana users would be punished with a fine, instead of a criminal charge. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
Good idea – 58%
Bad idea – 37%
The whole concept of legalizing certain drugs, or at least decriminalizing possession, is quietly starting to pick up steam. Massachusetts voters approved a similar measure, which would punish possession of small amount of marijuana with a fine instead of jail time. Even publications as august as the Economist have been making the case for legalizing certain drugs. There seems to be a growing consensus that the drug policies the United States has been following for years has not been particularly effective, and that a new direction is necessary.
Here is the current bill.
The poll also showed support for allowing liquor stores to stay open on Sundays.