BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) – The Louisiana State Bar Association makes a stand to relax marijuana sentencing laws.
“Down here, they act like you committed murder if you put a weed in your mouth,” say Morris while smoking a spliff in the Marigny.
The state level team of lawyers supports efforts to keep pot smokers out of jail.
“They are endorsing the idea of lessening the sentences for marijuana possession,” says state Senator. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans.
The Louisiana District Attorneys Association and the State Sheriffs’ Association remain advocates for marijuana laws on the books now.
However, Morrell hopes the Bar Association’s support will bolster momentum for his marijuana bill, which never made it out of a Senate Committee last session, “I intend to bring this bill back next year.”
Back in the Marigny, Morris recalls his arrest for possession of marijuana, “Straight to jail. Non-stop. I can tell you…
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