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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Legislature stepping away from drug war"

From the L.A. Times, commenting on California law:

If you get busted using methamphetamine, the D.A. can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. His choice. But if you're caught with cocaine or heroin, there's no option. It's a felony.

. . .

The Legislature, as it rushes toward adjournment of its annual session Friday, is moving to correct that puzzling contradiction.

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"The war on drugs is a colossal failure," says AssemblymanTim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks).

Yes, that Tim Donnelly, arguably California's most conservative state lawmaker, a self-proclaimed tea partyRepublican and one-time Minuteman vigilante who patrolled the border searching for Mexicans entering the U.S. illegally.

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