Cannabis in Louisiana

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Cannabis in Louisiana concerns the drug cannabis in Louisiana, United States, where it has been legal for medical use since 1978.[1] However, cannabis remains illegal for recreational usage throughout the state. First time possession of the drug remains a criminal offense but was decriminalized statewide in 2015 to a $300 fine and/or 15 days in jail. Possession of marijuana has also been decriminalized in the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Prohibition (1920s)[edit]

Sources give varying dates for the prohibition of cannabis in Louisiana, generally either 1924[2] or 1927.[3][4]

Despite this law, and newspaper accounts of contemporaneous cannabis use in New Orleans, in 1930 there were only 30 marijuana convictions in the entire state.[5]

Reduction of criminal penalties (2015)[edit]

On June 30, 2015, Governor Bobby Jindal signed SB 143, which significantly reduced penalties for possession of cannabis. Under the bill, first time possession is punishable by a $300 fine and 15 days in jail, a second offense by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, a third offense by up a $2,500 fine and up to two years in jail, and fourth or subsequent offenses by up to a $5,000 fine and eight years in prison.[6]

Medical cannabis (2015)[edit]

On June 30, 2015, Governor Bobby Jindal also signed HB 149, which sets up a framework for dispensing marijuana for medical purposes.[7] It is expected to take at least until 2017[needs update] until the structures are in place to dispense medical cannabis to any patients.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Louisiana Clears Legislative Hurdle to Dispensing Medical Marijuanain 2015
  2. ^ Steven R. Belenko (1 January 2000). Drugs and Drug Policy in America: A Documentary History. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-29902-5.
  3. ^ Stephen R. Kandall (1999). Substance and Shadow: Women and Addiction in the United States. Harvard University Press. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-0-674-85361-4.
  4. ^ C. W. M. Wilson (22 October 2013). The Pharmacological and Epidemiological Aspects of Adolescent Drug Dependence: Proceedings of the Society for the Study of Addiction, London, 1 and 2 September 1966. Elsevier. pp. 360–. ISBN 978-1-4831-8616-0.
  5. ^ University of Southwestern Louisiana. Center for Louisiana Studies (2005). The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History. Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana. p. 37.
  6. ^ “Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Signs Marijuana Reform Bills”. Thedailychronic.net. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  7. ^ “Bobby Jindal signs marijuana bills that reform criminal penalties, medical marijuana access”. Nola.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  8. ^ “Louisiana marijuana laws: Lesser pot penalties, medical pot OK’d”. The Cannabist. Retrieved 25 August 2015.