OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-124

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7345

File Copy No.: 403

Senate Calendar No.: 326

OFA Fiscal Note

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The amendment increases the criminal penalty that may be imposed on any person who makes a fraudulent representation to a law enforcement official relating to the issuance, contents or validity of a written certification for the medical use of marijuana. To the extent that this change increases the likelihood that offenders would be prosecuted or receive harsher penalties, a potential revenue gain from criminal fines and potential cost for incarceration and/or probation supervision in the community exist. It is anticipated that relatively few fines would be imposed on an annual basis, and, consequently, any revenue gain under the amendment is expected to be minimal. On average, it costs the state $2, 150 to supervise an offender on probation in the community as compared to $35, 040 to incarcerate the offender (note that both figures include fringe benefits) .

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 House thereof for any purpose.