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Md. governor should consider commuting drug sentences

Md. governor should consider commuting drug sentences

A positive development in the nation’s long war on drugs has been the change in the language used by state elected officials in describing the drug problem and in offering solutions. There seems an acknowledgment of the complicated and multifaceted nature of the problem of substance abuse. That is clearly reflected by the actions of the Maryland General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan in enacting the Justice Reinvestment Act. This law seeks a balance by providing tools for prosecutors to get tougher on gangs while at the same time granting judges and correctional officials more discretion to deal with those suffering from the disease of addiction.

There is, however, a...