This bill would require prosecutors to prove someone is trafficking before they can be convicted of trafficking; end some felony charges for possessing small amounts of a drug just because a person has prior drug convictions; end criminal charges for possessing and exchanging hypodermic needles; raises the threshold amount for automatically charging someone with a felony; and remove criminal penalties for low-level drug possession.

Despite improvements in our drug laws in 2015, Maine’s thresholds for charging people with felony possession and automatic felony trafficking are incredibly low compared to most other states, and don’t accurately reflect how people use drugs.

It's time to reinvest money from the criminal justice system into solutions that work, like health care, housing, and recovery.

Sponsors

Representative Pinny Beebe-Center

Status

Carried Over to Next Session

Session

129th

Bill number

Position

Support