t post about various efforts for statewide reform measures for the 2022 ballot, there has been great progress. Here’s an overview with the latest updates:
Here’s a breakdown of current statewide, citizen-initiated efforts so far.
House Bill 652 amends state law so that offenses involving the possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana are punishable by a fine of no more than $100 – no arrest and no jail time.
“The passage of this legislation is great progress toward ending the racially discriminatory policy of branding otherwise law-abiding Louisianans as criminals for minor marijuana possession offenses when law enforcement should instead be focusing on fighting legitimate crime.”
“Decriminalization is only a partial step. It reduces the total number of marijuana arrests, but continues to leave far too many people — and young adults in particular — subject to the whims of law enforcement.”
While there would be no possibility of jail time under the bill, these offenses would still be classified as misdemeanors.
House Bill 652 reduces the penalty for the possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana to a $100 fine only.
While there would be no possibility of jail time under the bill, these offenses would still be classified as a misdemeanor.