Initiative to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession in California Qualifies for November Ballot

The California Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act has officially qualified for the general election ballot, and will be put to a votecaliforniareform this November as Proposition 47. The measure, in addition to other criminal justice changes, would remove felony charges for the personal possession of illegal substances, reducing the sentence to a misdemeanor. The proposal would also defelonize other nonviolent crimes such as petty theft and check fraud.

The initiative, backed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne, wouldn’t apply to charges involving the manufacturing or distribution of illegal substances, and for charges placed on someone with a past violent conviction. All other drug possession charges would be defelonized.

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Activists and Lawmakers March Forth With WA Bill to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession

A proposal to remove felony charges for the personal possession of any controlled substance will be prefiled in the House of Representatives this Decembersensiblewashington in Washington State, and will have at least a dozen sponsors according to Sensible Washington, the organization behind the measure.

Under current Washington State law, the possession of any controlled substance, regardless of the amount, is a felony charge which carries with it a potential 5 year prison sentence. The sole exception is cannabis, with up to 28 grams being legal, and between 28 and 40 grams being a misdemeanor. However, if someone possesses 41 or more grams of cannabis, even post-I-502, they’re committing a felony.

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Washington Proposal to Defelonize Drug Possession Receives Public Hearing Date

A proposal to defelonize the personal possession of illegal substances in Washington State has officially received a hearing date in its first assigned committee, theswlogo House Public Safety Committee. The hearing will take place next Tuesday, January 14th.

Under the proposed law – House Bill 2116 – the possession of an illegal substance, when there’s no intent to distribute the substance, will be reduced from a felony charge with a potential 5 year prison sentence, to a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 90 days.

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Legislation Filed in Washington State to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession

Legislation was filed this week in Washington State to remove felony charges for personal drug possession. The proposal – House Bill 2116sensiblewashington – was filed by State Representative Sherry Appleton, and was formulated by the nonprofit organization Sensible Washington. According to Sensible Washington, at least 8 other legislators will sign on as cosponsors once they’re able to do so (in early January), including the Deputy Speaker of the House and the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

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