- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Lawmakers will be asked to consider several proposals to ease the penalties for low-level drug offenses when they begin the 2015 session next week.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1DGyMRC ) Senate File 38 would make first-time drug offenders eligible for deferred prosecution if they are convicted of being under the influence of a controlled substance. State law already allows deferred prosecution for possession charges.

Republican Sen. Cale Case of Riverton says some people have been pleading up to higher-level possession charges so they’re eligible for deferred prosecution. Under a deferred prosecution, defendants are eligible to have the conviction removed from their record if they remain law-abiding.

House Bill 29 seeks to eliminate the possibility of prison time for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana and instead levy a fine of $50 to $100.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com


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