Arizona Lawmaker: Remove felony charge for simple marijuana possession

By Moriah Costa – Cronkite News Service

Rep. Mark A. Cardenas, D-Phoenix, wants to remove felony charges for possession of marijuana without the intent to sell. “I don’t believe they should go away to prison and face hefty fines and possibly have their civil rights taken away,” he said. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Moriah Costa)
Rep. Mark A. Cardenas, D-Phoenix, wants to remove felony charges for possession of marijuana without the intent to sell. “I don’t believe they should go away to prison and face hefty fines and possibly have their civil rights taken away,” he said. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Moriah Costa)

 

PHOENIX – Saying harsh penalties for marijuana use do more harm than good, a state lawmaker wants to remove felony charges for possession without the intent to sell.

“I don’t believe they should go away to prison and face hefty fines and possibly have their civil rights taken away,” said Rep. Mark A. Cardenas, D-Phoenix. “We shouldn’t have people that are being sentenced to long prison terms for simple possession of marijuana.”

 

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