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California Gov. Jerry Brown Carries the Torch for the War on Drugs

October 19th

SACRAMENTO, CA — Last weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose to continue the 40 year old failed war on drugs. Brown rejected the national ‘smart on crime’ trend and pragmatic public policy by vetoing Senate Bill 649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for […]

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Drug “Defelonization” Bill

October 16th

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Governor Jerry Brown (D) Saturday vetoed a bill that would have allowed prosecutors or judges to charge simple drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The bill would have made drug possession a “wobbler,” meaning it could be charged either way, based on judicial or prosecutorial discretion. Some 10,000 people […]

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CA Gov. Vetoes Bill to Reduce the Penalty for Simple Drug Possession

October 16th

SACRAMENTO, CA — On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed California’s Senate Bill 649, which aimed to give judges and District Attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use as a felony or a misdemeanor as the case warrants. The bill, authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and […]

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California Sentencing Reform Bill to Go to Governor

September 7th

SACRAMENTO, CA — A bill that would allow some drug possession cases to be charged as misdemeanors instead of felonies passed the state Assembly Wednesday. The bill has already passed the Senate, but most go back there for a final concurrence vote before heading to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Senate Bill 649, […]

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Bill to Reduce Mandatory Minimums for Marijuana Dies in Louisiana Senate without Debate

June 10th

BATON ROUGE, LA —  In a state with a reputation for having some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country, an attempt to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for repeat marijuana possession offenses died on the Louisiana Senate floor Thursday.

The bill, House Bill 103, needed a two-thirds vote of state senators to even be brought up for debate this late in the 2013 legislative session, and failed three times to gather the necessary votes to debate the bill.

An amended version of House Bill 103, which was passed by the Louisiana House on May 29, would have reduced  jail time to not more than two years for the second marijuana possession offense,  five years for third-time offenders and eight years for those convicted four or more times. The maximum fine for possession would have also been lessened from $5,000 to $2,500.

The original proposal sought to lower the maximum penalty for a second marijuana possession offense from five years imprisonment to no more than one-year. It would have lowered the maximum penalty for a subsequent marijuana conviction from 20-years imprisonment to no more than two-years.  That version of the bill failed in the Louisiana House in May.

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