This bill would change Maine's felony drug trafficking law so that it would no longer permit someone to be charged with this crime, which is punishable by ten to thirty years in prison, based only on the quantity of drugs they possess. Maine’s drug trafficking laws are incredibly harsh compared to the rest of the country, and the threshold amounts to charge a person with felony drug trafficking are extremely low. As a result, many people who possess small amounts of drugs for their own personal use are charged with felonies that carry harsh prison sentences. And, once they are released from prison, felony records create serious barriers to housing, employment and other basic necessities.

Sponsors

Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross

Session

130

Bill number

LR 1817

Position

Support