The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced its support for full marijuana legalization in Colorado this past week. The ACLY says that it cannot support marijuana prohibition at a time when there are scarce public resources, among other things. They said this should be a civil rights issue as well as a financial issue. [Read more…]
Like many states, Colorado is taking steps to ease prison sentences and lighten the budgetary burden. According to the Denver Post, Governor Ritter is signing several bills into law today that will focus more on rehabilitation and treatment, freeing up estimated millions typically spent on incarceration. [Read more…]
Colorado lawmakers are trying to pass reform that will encourage treatment rather than hard time for low level, non violent drug offenses.
Currently, if you are caught with 8 ounces of marijuana, you face felony charges and up to 6 years in prison. Under new proposed legislation, this penalty (and others like it) would be cut to a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 18 months. [Read more…]