Bob Massie on Drugs
End mandatory minimums for low level drug offenses
Particularly happy to see an end to mandatory minimums for low level drug offenses and stricter requirements for race and ethnic data collection of those arrested. Now let's hope that @CharlieBakerMA doesn't block common sense reform and keep
laws that harm our communities. We need more action like this if we want to see a fairer justice system.
Highlights from Criminal Justice Reform bill:
Source: Twitter.com posting on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, Dec 15, 2017
- Ending Mandatory Minimums: Eliminates statutory sentences for many low-level,
non-violent drug offenses.
- Expungement: Courts will now be able to expunge juvenile and young adult (18-21) records, and cases where an offense is no longer a crime.
Diversion: to address the opioid epidemic, district attorneys must create pre-arraignment diversion programs for individuals with addiction or mental health issues [currently only available to defendants aged 22 and under).
Supports legal marijuana from local businesses
Marijuana businesses and sales [should be] in the hands of local communities and local businesses, as opposed to having some Walmart of dope come in and set up a huge corporate structure that then takes all the money and benefit out of Massachusetts.
What often happens is, a wonderful new opportunity comes along, and a big company comes in and occupies most of the sales, and therefore the long-term economic benefits of the revenues and even of the wages go out of state. I think that's a mistake.
Source: WGBH Boston Public Radio on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, May 18, 2017
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