Bill To Reduce Marijuana Penalties In Louisiana Passes Full Senate

The Senate voted 27-12 Monday to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession.

LOUISIANA:  A proposal to soften Louisiana’s harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature. The Senate voted 27-12 Monday (May 25) to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession dealing with amounts less than 2.5 pounds. The measure’s sponsor, J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said his bill (SB 241) brings Louisiana’s marijuana Read the full article…

Arkansas Governor Plans To Pardon Son For 2003 Marijuana Conviction

The outgoing Governor plans to pardon his own son for a felony conviction for marijuana possession.

ARKANSAS:  Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon his own son for a 2003 felony conviction for marijuana possession. Matt DeCample, a spokesman for the Democratic governor, told the Associated Press that the pardon would be among a set issued by Beebe next month. Kyle Beebe, now 34, served three years of supervised probation, Read the full article…

Baltimore Marijuana Diversion Program Nearly Triples In Size

Day of Actions Include Public Hearing on Bill, Evening Event in Nearby Latham, and Powerful New Video About Patients, Doctors and the Compassionate Care Act

MARYLAND:  City prosecutors have been offering more people charged with marijuana possession a chance to avoid conviction through community service, and recently released data shows that defendants are taking the deal at a rate that has tripled in the course of a year. Close to 4,500 went into the program, known as “diversion,” in 2013 Read the full article…