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Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee came together on Thursday morning to pass a landmark bill aimed at overhauling the federal government’s drug sentencing laws. Those laws, adopted by the U.S. at the height of the anti-drug fervor of the 1980s, have helped make the United States prison system the largest in the world.

The Smarter Sentencing Act, introduced last summer by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah), would reform the nation’s mandatory minimum statutes, which require judges to impose fixed sentences on people convicted of drug offenses, even when the judges deem those sentences excessively severe.

I won't go into a big commentary why a massive all-hands-on-deck mobilization should begin because we all know: the drug war is a farce. It is a war on minorities that began under false pretense during the infamous Reefer Madness yellow journalism era.

This is a very rare situation that has united libertarian/Tea Party wing of the GOP with most of the factions of the Democratic party.

This is an bill that could probably only pass with a massive mobilization.

And kudos to the Tea Party libertarian wing of the GOP for being consistent on this issue that causes so much harm to the Constitution.


Originally posted to gnosticator on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 02:32 PM PST.

Also republished by DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform.

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