New Orleans Cannabis Decrim Bill Now in Effect

cannabisjointandbudOrdinance #31,148, a proposal to establish a ticket for the possession of small amounts of cannabis, took full effect today in New Orleans.

Under the new law- signed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in March – if someone is caught possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis, law enforcement now has the option of issuing them a simple ticket, rather than arresting and charging them with a crime as the law currently mandates. Tickets will range in cost from $40, to a maximum of $100. However, those caught with cannabis in a drug free zone, such as a city park or school, will still be arrested and charged.

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New Orleans Cannabis Decrim Bill Signed Into Law by Mayor Mitch Landrieu

New Orleans Skyline.
New Orleans Skyline.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed Ordinance #31,148 into law Wednesday, altering the city’s cannabis possession law.

Under the new law, which takes effect June 21st, police officers will be given the option of simply ticketing an individual caught possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis, rather than arresting them as the law currently mandates. Tickets will range in cost from $40, to a maximum of $100.

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