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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