SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California legislator wants cocaine and heroin possession penalties lowered from felonies to misdemeanors. State Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, has introduced a bill that would ease drug possession punishment. The San Francisco Chronicle says Leno’s bill (SB1506) won support on Tuesday from a legislative committee. If it becomes law, California would be the nation’s 14th state to classify drug possession as a lesser crime. The federal government already classifies simple drug possession for personal use as a misdemeanor. Leno says his proposal would reduce prosecution, incarceration and probation costs. He says it could also have a significant social impact, noting felony convictions limit the ability to get a job and housing.
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