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Senator: Illegal drug ingestion should be misdemeanor

PIERRE, S. D. — A South Dakota senator want to reduce ingesting illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Democratic Sen. Craig Kennedy has filed a bill to change ingestion to a misdemeanor for the first two offenses.

But, it would remain a felony for a third conviction with 10 years.

Kennedy says putting people in prison where drug treatment is limited, if available at all, isn’t a good way to deal with those with a chemical dependency.

The Argus Leader says the bill also creates an incentive for prosecutors to divert people from the criminal justice system into treatment.

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