Drug possession thresholds increased

Bill aims to distinguish between those selling drugs, users

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida House passed a bill increasing the weight threshold for trafficking in oxycodone and hydrocodone in a move to ease what have been called overly harsh sentencing guidelines.

The measure (SB360) passed by a vote of 113-2 Friday. It aims to distinguish between those selling drugs and those caught in possession. The bill moves the current threshold of four grams of either drug to seven grams of oxycodone and 14 grams of hydrocodone.

The two drugs moved into the crosshairs of law enforcement several years ago as the drugs of choice to sell for operators of so-called pill mills.

Under the bill, individuals caught with either drug are still subject to penalties, but not as severe as those administered to dealers.

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