Louisiana

Fri
29
May

Silk Road coupon forger charged with wire fraud

US law enforcement's infiltration and takedown of the Silk Road underground marketplace has turned up yet another court case, with a New Orleans man charged with selling counterfeit shopping coupons through the site, and its successors, on an epic scale.

Fri
29
May

Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll sign medical marijuana, pot penalties legislation

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday said he plans to sign legislation that would change the state's medical marijuana laws and soften penalties for marijuana offenders.

There are three bills moving through the state legislature affecting Louisiana's marijuana laws. Two of them (SB 241) and (HB 149), which are nearly identical, would reduce the tough sentences judges are allowed to hand down for repeat marijuana offenses; reduce a second marijuana offense from felony to misdemeanor; and allow first-time convictions for simple possession to be erased after two years.

The bills also set up a simple possession charge for smaller amounts of marijuana and more serious charges that can be brought for larger amounts of marijuana that drug dealers and distributors typically possess.

Thu
28
May

Here's how opposing sides finally agreed on marijuana legislation

Two bills aimed at softening the state's penalties on marijuana that died last year have been resuscitated with the help of an unlikely partner: The Louisiana Sheriffs' Association.

As many lawmakers have found out over the years, it can be nearly impossible to convince other legislators to support bills that are opposed by Louisiana Sheriffs. The influential organization's members packed a committee hearing on a bill last year seeking to reduce the state's tough marijuana penalties, and the committee moved swiftly to kill it shortly after.

Wed
27
May

LA Pot Reform Bills Advance, KS Pot Reform Bill Dies, NE CBD Bill Dies

Louisiana may be about to reform its harsh marijuana laws, but not Kansas; a Nebraska CBD cannabis oil bill dies, a Michigan legalization initiative goes back to the drawing board, the Germans and the Israelis grapple with marijuana policy, and more.

Marijuana Policy

Wed
27
May

How Do Your State's Marijuana Penalties Compare To Louisiana's?

By Jacob Sullum

Wed
27
May

Louisiana: Medical marijuana bill deserves support

State Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, will bring no shortage of firepower when he presents his amended medical marijuana bill to the House Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday morning, if facts, testimony, thoughtful compromise and momentum create firepower.

This bill ought to pass.

Mills, a pharmacist and former leader of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, should have the power of the facts on his side, as medical marijuana has been used with good effect in treating some specific ailments and maladies including epilepsy, nausea, headaches and “brain situations.”

It has been used to some good effect for people with HIV or AIDS, for pain treatment and spasticity.

Tue
26
May

Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate

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.

Tue
26
May

Louisiana: Mills to present medical marijuana bill to House panel this week

Medical marijuana in Louisiana may come a step closer to fruition this week, as State Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, presents his legislation Wednesday morning before the House Health and Welfare Committee on which he once served.

“I’m hoping for a repeat performance from the Senate,” said Mills, who practiced pharmacy for 15 years and once headed the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Mills’ Senate Bill 143 cleared the full Senate 22-13.

This year marks the second consecutive session in which Mills has attempted to persuade state lawmakers to back medical marijuana legislation. In 2014, the bill did not clear the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Changes have been made

Fri
22
May

High school English teacher in Louisiana arrested after passing out marijuana brownies to her ...

A Louisiana high school English teacher was arrested after giving two students brownies laced with marijuana.

Camille Brennan, 29, of New Orleans, turned herself in to St Tammany Parish authorities after they put out a warrant for her arrest on charges of distribution of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Brennan had resigned her teaching post at the Archbishop Hannan High School, which costs more than $9,000 a year to attend, as she was investigated for the incident involving two young women pupils.

Camille Brennan, 29, of New Orleans, was arrested after allegedly giving marijuana brownies to two students at Archbishop Hannan High School

Thu
21
May

Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Reform Marijuana Possession

Lawmakers in Louisiana took a major step toward reforming the state’s harsh marijuana possession law when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to reform the state’s harsh marijuana possession law. If passed, Louisiana would join the growing number of states that have recently reduced penalties for small amounts of marijuana.

“This is a long-sought opportunity to take a more compassionate and commonsense approach to marijuana,”  said Yolande Cadore, director of strategic partnerships at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Louisiana's overdue for a major overhaul of its drug policies and this is a good first step."

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