cocaine http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. lawmakers trim disparity in cocaine sentences http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-trim-disparity-cocaine-sentences <p>Missouri lawmakers have endorsed a&nbsp;proposal to reduce the disparity in prison sentences between people&nbsp;convicted of crimes involving crack and powder cocaine.</p><p>Under current state law, people convicted of manufacturing more&nbsp;than 2 grams of crack face the same prison sentence as someone&nbsp;distributing more than 150 grams of cocaine.</p><p>The new law would make more than 8 grams of crack comparable to&nbsp;more than 150 grams of cocaine.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 18:40:04 +0000 The Associated Press 3733 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers trim disparity in cocaine sentences Mo. House OKs trimming disparity in cocaine sentences http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-oks-trimming-disparity-cocaine-sentences <p>Missouri House members have endorsed&nbsp;legislation that would reduce the disparity in prison sentences&nbsp;between people charged with crack and powder cocaine crimes.</p><p>Under current state laws, someone found with 2 grams of crack&nbsp;faces the same prison sentence as a person who has 150 grams of&nbsp;cocaine.</p><p>The proposed legislation would raise the minimum amount of crack&nbsp;to 28 grams.</p><p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:41:37 +0000 The Associated Press 3479 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House OKs trimming disparity in cocaine sentences