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Civil Liberties Update: Drugs

By Josh Feit January 28, 2010

Two bills the ACLU highlighted when Cola Olympia correspondent Josh Cohen wrote about the ACLU agenda in Olympia this year were: 1) Seattle Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles' (D-36) marijuana decriminalization bill and 2) Tacoma Sen. Rosa Franklin's (D-29) bill to provide limited legal immunity for people who call 911 on behalf of someone having a drug overdose (the idea is that some drug overdose deaths could be prevented if other drug users didn’t fear arrest after calling in the OD).

Both bills are now eligible for discussion on the Senate floor. Drug reform advocates shouln't get too excited. Both bills were eligible to hit the Senate floor last session before they were tabled before ever coming up.
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