Possession penalty may drop

A house subcommittee has unanimously approved legislation that would reduce criminal penalties for simple possession of illegal drugs. 3 or more convictions of simple possession of any illegal drug held for personal use would be a misdemeanor crime, punishable by a fine and less than a year behind bars. Proponents say it is part of an effort to reform the state’s criminal justice system. A companion bill has been introduced in the senate.

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