It's time for Californians to get smart on crime, and put the war on drugs behind them.
California can no longer afford to continue locking up thousands of people each year and branding them "felon" for life simply for possessing a small amount of illicit drugs for personal use. The waste of valuable resources and human life is far too great. For low-level drug offenders, treatment – not incarceration – is the most effective crime prevention.
State Senator Mark Leno is sponsoring Senate Bill 1506 to revise the penalty for the simple drug possession under state law from a felony to a misdemeanor. This bill will be voted on today or tomorrow in the CA Senate. So, please take a few minutes to write your State Senator today. The legislation will free up funding that can be used effectively to help more people get the treatment they need. It will help to improve safety and relieve overcrowding in California jails and prisons. It will also remove barriers to community reintegration efforts that work against sobriety and public safety.
Tell your California State Senator to support SB 1506 for meaningful drug law reform in California today!
Regional Outreach Coordinator
Students for Sensible Drug Policy