On Tuesday legislation was filed in Louisiana which would lower the subsequent penalties associated with possessing cannabis in the state- a state where possession laws are some of the harshest in the country.
Under current law, an individual’s 2nd cannabis possession charge nets a conviction of up to 5 years in prison. Those with a 3rd possession charge in the state face up to 20 years in prison, regardless of the amount possessed.
Under the new proposal, House Bill 103, these penalties would be greatly reduced, and cannabis possession would be removed as an offense that carries with it mandatory minimum sentences. Continue reading