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Louisiana: House Lawmakers Introduce Measure To Reduce Marijuana Penalties

House members will debate legislation, HB 14, which reduces sentencing guidelines for repeat marijuana offenders. You can read the full text of the bill here.

Under present law, second-time marijuana offenders face up to five years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine. Subsequent offenders face up to 20 years in prison.  These disproportionate penalties are among the strictest in the country.
 
Similar legislation introduced last year was approved by the House but was narrowly defeated on the Senate floor. 
 
According to a September 2013 statewide survey by Public Policy Polling, 53 percent of respondents endorsed regulating and taxing cannabis for those age 21 and older, and 56 percent imposing fine-only citations for marijuana. Obviously, Louisiana’s present penalties are out-of-step with public opinion.
 
Please use the pre-written letter below to contact your House member and urge him or her to vote ‘yes’ on HB 14.
 

 







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