Connecticut is engaged in many debates to solve its budget crisis. From tolls, to soda taxes, to legalizing recreational marijuana, there are a myriad of potential state revenue drivers up for discussion. One area that Brown Paindiris & Scott is watching carefully is the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana because of its potential impact on the legal system.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics most recent study on the issue, violent victimization against persons with disabilities was 2.5 times higher than the rate for persons without disabilities. The rate of serious violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault) against persons with disabilities was more than three (3) times the rate for persons without disabilities. These figures only represent the reported and/or discovered cases.
Let's say you and your ex-spouse have been divorced for a few years and you have two children together. Overall, you are doing a good job co-parenting. There have never been any major issues in your joint decision making and the children are doing well and are happy with their current parenting schedule. You then get a great new job offer - higher pay, better benefits, better work hours. However, taking this new position would require you to relocate to another state. Of course, you would like the children to join you. Your ex-spouse does not agree to you relocating with the children to another state.
Is legal marijuana a possible solution to Connecticut's tax-induced exodus of residents to other states?
On January 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari (review) of N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York.