Lawmakers Weigh Reducing Drug Possession Penalties

By: AP
By: AP

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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    We can all become drug/alcohol counselors when we lose our jobs at the prisons.
  • by mad Location: co springs on Mar 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    They have to be laughing,or its for themselves. There a menice to society,its more than drug use its all the crimes that go with it.
  • by Yeah sure... on Mar 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    just give them free drugs till our money runs out!
  • by Cop on Mar 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    Our lawmakers need to be fired! They need to get out from behind their desks and hit the streets. The courts already have drug courts and diversion programs aimed at treatment. We don't need to be sending a message to drug users and prospective drug users that it's okay to do drugs. Good grief, our liberal state legislatures need to be voted out of office. Remember these clowns come November!
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