Louisiana Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession Heads To Governor’s Desk

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A bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in Louisiana is heading to the governor’s desk. The Senate gave final approval to the decriminalization proposal, sponsored by Rep. Cedric Glover (D), in a 20-17 vote on Monday. It would make it so possession of up to 14 grams of cannabis would be punishable by a $100 fine without the threat of jail time. The House approved the measure by a vote of 67-25 last month. Last week, lawmakers also sent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) a separate bill to let patients in the state’s medical cannabis program legally smoke whole-plant marijuana flower. The incremental cannabis victories come weeks after an effort to more broadly legalize recreational marijuana in the state stalled in the House of Representatives. “This is a common-sense approach to take care of a problem that plagues us across the state,” Sen. Jay Luneau (D) said before the vote. “We’re spending thousands, probably millions of dollars, statewide on an annual basis putting people in jail for simple offenses that they shouldn’t be jail for.” — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,100 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — Edwards said in a radio appearance last month that while full marijuana legalization hit a roadblock this year, he does believe it “is going to happen in Louisiana eventually.” He also spoke about the decriminalization and medical cannabis flower bills as examples of reform’s general momentum—indicating that he is open to signing them. The developments on various cannabis-related legislation come after recent polling showed that…

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