Maine Lawmakers File Bill To Decriminalize Possession Of All Drugs

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Maine lawmakers have formally introduced a bill to broadly decriminalize possession of all currently illicit drugs—the latest state-based move to comprehensively address ending the drug war. Rep. Anne Perry (D) is the lead sponsor of the legislation, which would make possession of a controlled substance a civil penalty punishable by a $100 fine without the threat of jail time. If a person is unable to pay the fine, it could be waived if they underwent a health assessment which could involve a referral to substance misuse treatment. Additionally, the proposal stipulates that people who seek out medical assistance for the anti-overdose medication naloxone, either for their own behalf or for another person, could not be subject to arrest or prosecution. It’s another harm reduction provision that advocates say will mitigate overdose deaths and destigmatize drug use. The bill has been referred to the legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 900 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — “Exposure to treatment eventually gets them to treatment,” Perry told The Sun Journal. “But if you don’t expose them to that, they don’t know where to go.” The measure doesn’t lay out specific guidelines on the possession threshold that would be decriminalized, but that’s expected to be addressed later in the legislative process. This is just the latest example of how states are considering ending criminalization for simple drug possession, with more lawmakers recognizing it as a public health, rather…

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