California Bill to Prevent Deportation and Loss of Public Benefits for Minor Drug Offenses Passes Legislature

californiaBy Drug Policy Alliance

Sacramento – Today, the California Senate took a bold step toward addressing the often-devastating consequences of a minor drug law violation, such as deportation and the loss of federal housing and educational benefits. The Senate vote was 21-15, with 4 members absent. The bill heads to Governor Brown’s desk for approval.

Currently, convictions for minor drug law violations result in much harsher consequences for noncitizens. The consequences can be immediate and devastating, including deportation, mandatory detention, and permanent separation of families.

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