On June 7, 2021, the Louisiana Senate voted on House Bill 652 which will change marijuana laws in the state.
House Bill 652 will:
- Reduce the fine from $300 to $100 for first and subsequent convictions of possession of marijuana of 14 grams or less.
- Remove jail time for first and subsequent convictions of possession of marijuana for 14 grams or less.
- Provide that additional penalties for second or subsequent convictions apply only to convictions of possession of marijuana of more than 14 grams.
The bill passed in the Senate with 20 Yeas and 17 Nays. Every Democrat in the Senate voted for passage of the Bill, while Republicans were split 9 for and 11 against. Jay Luneau (D), Senator for District 29 which includes Bienville Parish, voted in favor of the bill.
On May 11, 2021, the bill passed in the House with a vote of 68 to 25. Jack McFarland (R), Representative for District 13 which includes Bienville Parish, voted in favor of the bill.
With the passage of House Bill 652 in the state senate, the bill now awaits the signature of Governor John Bel Edwards. The Governor has not indicated whether or not he will sign the bill.
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