Snow is expected to develop for our Monday afternoon and overnight hours. Bands of heavier snow are possible..and something we will be monitoring throughout the day today. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for far northern El Paso County where ~4" are possible by Tuesday morning. Also ahead, a High Wind Watch for much of southeast Colorado from 4-11am Tuesday morning as wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph. For more info on the forecast this holiday week, head over to the "Weather" tab.
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado lawmakers are making their case for a measure to reduce penalties for some drug possession offenses and direct money for treatment.
The bill has its first hearing in the Senate Wednesday.
Lawmakers sponsoring the bill say drug addicts should get treatment instead of long sentences that cost the state money. Prosecutors oppose the legislation and say possessing dangerous drugs merit harsh punishments.
The proposal would reduce possession of four grams or less of a scheduled I or II controlled substance, or two grams or less of methamphetamine, from a class 6 felony to a class 1 misdemeanor.
Scheduled I drugs include heroin and LSD. Scheduled II drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, and some painkillers.
The bill requires that any savings from reducing the inmate population be directed toward treatment programs.
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