Norwich Bulletin, CT
HARTFORD -- The Democrats and Republicans aren't the only candidates on the November ballot.
The Green Party of Connecticut endorsed four candidates at its convention in April, including the first black candidate for governor.
Clifford Thorton, 61, of Glastonbury will lead the Green ticket. Also running under the Green Party banner for statewide office are Nancy Burton, a public interest lawyer, for attorney general; Mike DeRosa for secretary of the state, and S. David Bue for state treasurer.
Ralph Ferrucci was nominated as the party's candidate for U.S. Senate.
Thornton is harsh critic of the war on drugs. His mother died from a heroin overdose when he was 18, and he expects that will be the most important part of his campaign. He claims stiff penalties for users and selling has resulted only in sending parents and other potential taxpayers to prison. He supports decriminalizing all drugs, the legalization of cannabis and hemp, and the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy for medical use.