Louisiana Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances To Senate Floor, One Step From Governor’s Desk

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A bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in Louisiana that already passed the House was approved in a Senate committee on Tuesday, sending it to the full chamber for final passage. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Cedric Glover (D), 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. It cleared the Senate Judiciary C Committee in a 3-2 vote. “House Bill 652 it seeks to address a problem that I think many of us have recognized over the years,” Glover said in opening remarks, adding that while opinions on full marijuana legalization vary, there’s widespread acceptance that low-level possession should not lead to incarceration or felony convictions. Rep. @MayorGlover is now presenting HB 652, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Louisiana, ending harsh criminal penalties that can ruin lives and it saves taxpayer dollars. #Lalege pic.twitter.com/R6RXgGjas8 — Louisiana Democrats (@LaDemos) May 25, 2021 If the decriminalization bill is approved on the Senate floor without amendments it will head to the governor’s desk. This development comes as Louisiana lawmakers consider a number of separate marijuana bills this session, including one that would allow patients to access smokeable cannabis products. That measure has also passed the House and is pending action on the Senate floor. A complementary bill to tax flower marijuana is also set to be taken up by the Senate. The House additionally passed a resolution on Monday requesting the legislature conduct a formal study on the impacts of recreational marijuana legalization prior to the start of the 2022 session. While advocates are encouraged by the modest reforms advancing, there is disappointment that a bill to enact adult-use legalization was pulled by its sponsor this month after the House defeated…

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