Louisiana

Fri
25
Jun

Louisiana approves smokable marijuana for medical program

Medical marijuana patients in Louisiana will now be able to buy the smokable flower form of the drug under a new state law.

Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed House Bill 391. It passed the state House of Representatives, 75-18, earlier this month and was approved, 23-14, by the state Senate in late May.

The measure allows approved patients to buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana leaf every two weeks from one of the state’s nine medical marijuana pharmacies. Previously, patients could only get non-smokable forms of the drug, such as gummies, ointments and inhalers.

Wed
23
Jun

Louisiana: Governor Signs Bill into Law Repealing Ban on Medical Cannabis Flower

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) has signed legislation into law, House Bill 391, repealing the state’s ban on herbal cannabis for medically authorized patients.

Mon
21
Jun

Louisiana Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed off on House Bill 652 to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis possession for personal use.

Possession of up to 14 grams will now be categorized as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Those caught violating the law face up to a $100 fine without jail time.

"It essentially provides for the officer to write a ticket with no jail time," Shreveport Rep. Alan Seabaugh told the Daily Advertiser about the bill, signed on Tuesday.

Only possession was revised under the legislation. Laws against distribution and unlicensed cultivation remain in effect.

Thu
17
Jun

Louisiana Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

The bill eliminates the possibility that being arrested for possession of small amounts of cannabis will result in prison time, which cannabis reform advocates typically demand.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed off on House Bill 652 to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis possession for personal use.

Possession of up to 14 grams will now be categorized as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Those caught violating the law face up to a $100 fine without jail time.

Wed
16
Jun

Louisiana bill decriminalizing marijuana signed into law Tuesday

A bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Louisiana will become law after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the legislation from Democratic Rep. Cedric Glover Tuesday.

"This is not a decision I took lightly," Edwards said. "The state of Louisiana should no longer incarcerate people for minor legal infractions, especially those that are legal in many states, that can ruin lives and destroy families, as well as cost taxpayers."

Thu
10
Jun

State by State Cannabis Legislation – What’s Legal Now and Where?

Throughout the country, cannabis regulations are changing every day. Some areas are experiencing more dramatic legislative upgrades than others, but every little step forward still counts. At the moment, there are 5 states that come to mind because, one, they are making big moves, or two, they are conservative states that most people were expecting would hold on to prohibition for much longer.

This week we’re focusing on the East Coast and Deep South, with updates from Connecticut, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

Fri
04
Jun

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Patients Gain Safe Access to Smokable Weed

State lawmakers in Louisiana approved a bill on Wednesday that allows patients in the state’s medical marijuana program to access smokable forms of cannabis. The measure, House Bill 391, was approved in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a vote of 76 to 17 after being approved by the state Senate with a 23 to 14 vote last month.

Sun
23
May

Marijuana Legalization in Louisiana 'Going to Happen,' Governor Says

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, expressed his belief that marijuana will soon be legalized in his state, while asserting that he still has concerns about allowing people to consume the plant.

The Louisiana state legislature was considering a bill that would have taxed cannabis as lawmakers there pushed for legalization. But that legislation was rejected in the state House on Tuesday, making it unlikely that cannabis will be legalized in the southern state this year.

However, Edwards suggested in a live radio interview on Wednesday that he believes marijuana will be legalized in the near future.

Fri
21
May

Louisiana Bill, HB 434, To Tax Potential Recreational Cannabis Fails In Congress

 

Louisianans will likely have to wait at least another year before the state legalizes marijuana, after HB 434 was rejected on Tuesday in the legislature.

Mon
17
May

A Lot is Going on With Legalization in Louisiana

Cannabis Possession Decriminalized in Louisiana

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted to decriminalize cannabis possession on Wednesday.

As lawmakers haggled over the measure, a floor amendment was approved on Tuesday, which reiterated removing the threat of imprisonment.

The fine for possession was set at $100. House members approved the revised bill in a 67-25 vote.

“This bill is about common ground,” Glover said before the vote.

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