LOUISIANA: Thursday at the state Capitol, Louisiana lawmakers will be considering one of as many as 10 bills dealing with marijuana.
House Bill 14, which is authored by State Representative Austin Badon, goes before committee the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice. The bill would dramatically lessen criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession.
Under current state law, pot smokers can get a six-month sentence on a first offense and up to five years and a $2,500 fine on a second offense. Anyone convicted three or more times is open to a 20-year jail sentence and a $5,000 fine.