Missouri lawmakers have endorsed a¬†proposal to reduce the disparity in prison sentences between people¬†convicted of crimes involving crack and powder cocaine.
Under current state law, people convicted of manufacturing more¬†than 2 grams of crack face the same prison sentence as someone¬†distributing more than 150 grams of cocaine.
The new law would make more than 8 grams of crack comparable to¬†more than 150 grams of cocaine.
Missouri House members have endorsed¬†legislation that would reduce the disparity in prison sentences¬†between people charged with crack and powder cocaine crimes.
Under current state laws, someone found with 2 grams of crack¬†faces the same prison sentence as a person who has 150 grams of¬†cocaine.
The proposed legislation would raise the minimum amount of crack¬†to 28 grams.
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