Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Godbey 'Appalled' By Governor's Drug Stance.

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

State Rep. Ron Godbey minces no words when he talks about Gov. Gary Johnson's ideas for drug reform.

"I'm appalled at what the governor's trying to do," Godbey, R-Albuquerque, said Monday. "We have so many problems in the state that to sidetrack on this kind of stuff is certainly counterproductive."

Johnson is expected to propose eight drug-reform bills to the state Legislature during its 60-day session, which started Tuesday.

Last week, Johnson outlined measures that would:

* Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

* Make first and second drug-possession offenses misdemeanors instead of felonies and require automatic probation and substance-abuse treatment. …

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