Louisiana lawmakers vote to end jail time for marijuana use

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Louisiana lawmakers have agreed that people caught with small amounts of marijuana for recreational use shouldn’t go to jail.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 12:35 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have agreed that people caught with small amounts of marijuana for recreational use shouldn’t go to jail, sending the bill to the governor's desk.

Narrow passage of the measure by Shreveport Democratic Rep. Cedric Glover demonstrates the changing opinions about marijuana use in Louisiana. The Senate’s 20-17 vote gave the proposal final passage with the exact number of votes it needed.

The House already had backed the bill in a 68-25 vote. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t taken a public position on the bill. Glover’s legislation would make possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana a misdemeanor carrying a fine up to $100.

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