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A Colorado bill would eliminate felony charges for all personal drug possession, reduce jail time for offenders

"The bill, introduced Friday, is part of a much-needed solution to Colorado’s crowded prisons and corrections spending, said sponsor Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat. Two Republicans and the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee also sponsor the bill."

 

“It’s time to take away this whole notion that we have to incarcerate to provide treatment,” Herod said."

 

"The bill would not change the punishments for those charged with other drug crimes — such as possession of drugs with intent to distribute — and will not apply retroactively. However, it would allow those who were previously charged with felony possession to apply to have that record sealed after they complete their sentence and allows them to apply to have their felony sentence vacated and replaced with a misdemeanor charge."

 

 

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