Natalia Allen


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KMOX) — 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.

Republican Representative Gary Fuhr supported the amendment. “This was a good move and I think this is the right bill for it.”

Changes to how Missouri treats crack and powder cocaine were added this past week to broader legislation dealing with the state’s judiciary. The judiciary legislation was approved 151-1 on Thursday and now moves to the state Senate.

A national report last year found that Missouri was among more than a dozen states with a sentencing disparity for the drugs.

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