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HB 149 - Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession - Louisiana Key Vote

Lenar Whitney voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Issues Related to HB 149

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (74-19) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (24-13) - (Key vote)
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Title: Amends Penalties for Marijuana Possesion

Vote Result
Yea Votes
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends penalties for possession of marijuana.

Highlights:
  • Amends the penalties for an individual convicted for possession of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, or chemical derivatives as follows (Sec. 1):
    • For a first time conviction where the individual possesses 14 grams of marijuana or less, pay a fine of no more than $300, be imprisoned for no more than 15 days, or both;
    • For a first time conviction where the individual possesses more than 14 grams of marijuana, pay a fine of no more than $500, be imprisoned for no more than 6 months, or both; 
    • For a second time conviction where the individual possesses any amount of marijuana, pay a fine of no more than $1,000, be imprisoned for no more 6 months, or both;
    • For a third time conviction where the individual possesses any amount of marijuana, pay a fine of no more than $2,500, be imprisoned for no more than 2 years, or both; and
    • For a fourth time conviction where the individual possesses any amount of marijuana, pay a fine of no more than $5,000, be imprisoned for no more than 8 years, or both.
  • Specifies that individuals who have not been convicted of a marijuana-related offense 2 years after the completion of his or her sentence may not have that conviction used as a prior offense (Sec. 1). 
  • Specifies that individuals knowingly possessing between 2.5 and 60 pounds of marijuana shall be imprisoned 2 to 10 years, pay a fine of $10,000 to $30,000, or both (Sec. 1).  

 

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (54-37) - (Key vote)
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Title: Amends Penalties for Marijuana Possesion

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends penalties for possession of marijuana.

Highlights:
  • Reduces the penalties for an individual previously convicted for possession of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, or chemical derivatives thereof, as follows (Sec. 1):
    • For a second time conviction, pay a fine of no more than $500, be imprisoned for no more than 2 years, or both;
    • For a third time conviction, pay a fine of no more than $2,000, be imprisoned for no more than 5 years, or both; and
    • For a fourth time or subsequent conviction, pay a fine of no more than $2,000, be imprisoned for no more than 8 years, or both. 

 

 

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amends Penalties for Marijuana Possesion

Sponsors

  • Austin J. Badon Jr. (LA - D) (Out Of Office)

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