New Orleans City Council reduces penalties for pot possession

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  Penalties for Marijuana Possession Reduced in New Orleans About a month ago, I wrote about the possibility of the New Orleans City Counsel reducing the penalties for possession of Marijuana in the city limits. The Counsel voted unanimously on March 17 to allow police more leeway in issuing citations for simple marijuana possession. The… Read more »

New Orleans city council weighing reduced pot penalties

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  City of New Orleans Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession The New Orleans City Council is considering a measure that would significantly reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. At a council committee meeting in late January, Councilwoman Susan Guidry outlined a proposal in which police officers could issue a simple warning for marijuana possession… Read more »

Preliminary Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

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  U.S. Senate and House Introduce Separate Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015   Committees from both the U.S. Senate and the House have introduced bills that could reform federal sentencing. Below is a brief recap of each piece of legislation.   Senate Bill Reduces the enhanced penalties that apply to repeat… Read more »

DEA: Medications Containing Hydrocodone Subject To Stricter Prescribing Rules

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  The federal government announced that more than 65 prescription medications containing the most widely-prescribed painkiller, hydrocodone, will now be subject to new, stricter federal prescribing rules as of this past week.   The new regulations published by the DEA will make medications which contain hydrocodone subject to the same restrictions as other narcotics such as… Read more »

Louisiana’s Fight Against Heroin: Dying For A Fix

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    It only takes seconds to fill a syringe with a lethal dose of heroin.  Tuesday night’s dose can provide a pleasurable high, while Friday’s dose can have a 20-something year old discovered dead, foaming at the mouth. I’ve had acquaintances that one would never suspect partake in such reckless behavior. I also had… Read more »

LACDL Adopts Marijuana Policy Statement

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  I am happy to report that the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (LACDL) voted last week to adopt an official policy statement related to the possession and use of marijuana. The 2014 legislative session has a number of marijuana-related bills up for debate. The LACDL Marijuana Policy Statement is as follows:   We… Read more »

Defending Possession With Intent To Distribute Cases — Drug Crimes

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    Are You Being Charged or Investigated for a Drug Crime in Federal or Louisiana State Court?   If you have recently been charged with possession with the intent to distribute, you need to enlist the assistance of an experienced New Orleans Drug Crimes Attorney immediately. Our firm has the experience and dedication required to take PWID… Read more »