However, weed remains illegal for recreational use throughout the state.
Possession of weed has also been decriminalized in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Despite this law, in 1930 there were only 30 marijuana convictions in the entire state.[
On 30 June 2015, Governor Jindal signed SB143, reducing penalties for weed possession.
Under the bill, 1st time possession is punishable by a $550USD fine and 32days in jail, a second offense by up to a $2,090USD fine and 6 months in jail, a 3rd offense by up a $3,134USD fine and up to 2 years in jail, and 4th or subsequent offenses by up to a $5,021USD fine and 7 years in prison.
Jindal on Monday signed 2 bills that in 1 year represent more progress on reforming weed laws than the state has made in the 26 years since legalizing medical marijuana in 1983.
For one of the bills, it will make Louisiana the 1st state in the South to make weed available for a wide range of chronically ill patients.
The state passed medical weed legislation in
The other bill (HB 149) would reform criminal penalties for weed, making it a misdemeanor rather than a felony for a 2nd offense of weed possession.
It also allows first-time offenders to erase their first conviction for possessing weed if they don’t re-offend within 2 years.
Jindal has previously indicated his support for both pieces of legislation.
But in a departure from other major bill signings, Jindal did not issue a press release explaining why he signed the bills or offer any commentary about the importance of the two bill signings.
One of the
The Sheriffs’ Association did not endorse the legislation, but also did