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California doesn’t want any part of Jeff Sessions’ new war on drugs

Courts in California will no longer tack three extra years onto prison terms in drug cases where the defendant has prior drug convictions, under a law passed Tuesday by the lower chamber of the state legislature.

Since the 1980s, state law has mandated strict sentencing enhancements in minor drug crimes. Sale or possession with intent to sell sends you on 3- to 5-year bid, with an additional 3-year tack-on for each separate prior drug conviction on your record. Judges could cancel the enhancements in certain cases if they chose to, but absent such a willful act the years were simply stapled on automatically. …

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