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Rogers County law enforcement concerned with voter-approved plan to downgrade some drug crimes

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ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. - Some law enforcement officials in Rogers County are concerned about two voter-approved state questions that are set to go into effect soon.

The district attorney’s office said it has met with nearly 100 officers about concerns regarding State Questions 780 and 781.

State Question 780 will downgrade some drug possession and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Question 781 applies the savings toward rehab programs.

RELATED: Oklahoma senator seeks changes in voter-approved drug laws

Officials are worried that people will be victimized by the downgrade and those with an addiction will have a harder time breaking the cycle.

Supporters, however, say the change will give people a second chance to turn their life around and relieve prison overcrowding.

Both state questions will go into effect on July 1.


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