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Connecticut Won’t Protect Children From Marijuana And Gambling | Chris Powell

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Vernon school superintendent Joseph Macary may have good intentions, but so does the guy who closed the barn door after the horses came out.

The other day Macary urged the Vernon Planning and Zoning Commission to reject a zoning by-law that would allow the retail sale of marijuana within 500 feet of school property. Federal and state laws require 1,500-foot “drug-free zones” around schools, the superintendent said, and maintaining that distance is necessary “to protect our children.”

Yes, God forbid if kids on their way to school find out that, like many other states, Connecticut has legalized marijuana and the state government has even embarked on the marijuana business. , regulating the potency of the drug and taxing its sales although the federal government continues to criminalize it even though it has lost interest in law enforcement.

Of course, despite the Superintendent’s concern, the kids already know marijuana is available and had fairly easy access to it for a long time before the state government recognized the futility of criminalizing drugs.

Indeed, for years, some high school and college students arrived at school poisoned by marijuana. Many also had fun with alcoholic beverages, and most students walk past a liquor store or more each day.

They can’t help it, because Connecticut has nearly the most liquor stores per capita in the country thanks to a state law that severely restricts competition on alcoholic beverage prices. The law was enacted and is being maintained not to protect children but to protect the profitability of the alcoholic beverage industry, a politically influential special interest.

Teens in Connecticut may not be as proficient in the school subjects that schools are trying to teach them, but, as is the nature of young people, many are good at discerning what they should not do and how they should not do it. could do it without getting caught.

In addition to marketing marijuana, Connecticut has also just legalized sports betting, so much so that there is now advertising telling people that if they have a cell phone, they also have a casino in their pocket. .

Connecticut is not pushing marijuana and ever more gambling on the public because it wants to protect children, but to reduce the pressure on the government to save money. Much of the state government’s gambling and marijuana revenue will end up in the paychecks of school employees.

Superintendent Macary’s premise in complaining about Vernon’s marijuana zoning is that being out of sight will also be out of mind. But Connecticut is so densely populated that almost everything is close to everything else, so little can be left out of sight for long, even if “drug-free” areas do not prevail more than “unarmed areas”. fire”.

This is why such distance regulations are just pious postures on the part of government officials unwilling to spend or give up more money to protect children. More than anything else, government officials want money.

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YES OR NO, SUSAN? : Interviewed by Dennis House last weekend for WTNH-TV8’s “This Week in Connecticut”, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz was full of talking points about how she and Gov. Lamont should be re-elected next November. But Bysiewicz wasn’t prepared for a direct question that shouldn’t have surprised her.

House asked if the Lamont administration would revive its proposal to impose tolls on Connecticut freeways.

Bysiewicz replied: “We have had four bond rating increases in the past year. This has not happened for over two decades. We have a record Rainy Day Fund and we expect a surplus of $ 1.2 billion. dollars, which will allow us to work on tax breaks, such as property tax relief.

But the question was about the tolls, so House insisted. Byseiwicz replied: “There has been no support for tolls, so we will focus on tax breaks.”

House tried one more time: are tolls excluded? Bysiewicz said, “We will continue to focus on prioritizing infrastructure, and the federal government is giving us $ 7 billion.”

It was always a simple yes or no question, but Bysiewicz only covered up, arousing suspicion. The next day, Lamont cleaned up his running mate’s mess: all that federal money means no toll – period.

Chris Powell is a columnist for the Journal Inquirer.