Bill hopes to decrease number of people in prison for drug offenses

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A new bill backed by the ACLUhopes to decrease the number of people in prison for drug offenses.

It is designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase the penalty for dealers.

An amendment that has now been dropped from the bill would have given harsher sentences to those who sell drugs near addiction service providers.

Officials say the legislation was spurred by the ongoing opioid problem.

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