New Orleans City Council reduces penalties for pot possession

  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 7-0 decision marks a policy change by city leaders that’s aimed at reducing the number of arrests for minor drug crimes, the Times-Picayune newspaper reported. A city ordinance already gave New Orleans police the authority to write a ticket for first-offense possession. The ordinance that [...]

New Orleans city council weighing reduced pot penalties

  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 in lieu of a summons or arrest. Currently, police have the discretion to issue a summons or to arrest a pot possessor. The ability to just issue a summons was the result of marijuana reform law passed by the city council in 2010.   The [...]

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LACDL Adopts Marijuana Policy Statement

  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 believe that marijuana prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, and disproportionately impacts students, lower income classes, African Americans, and other ethnic minorities who bear the brunt of cannabis arrests and prosecutions. The responsible consumption of marijuana by adults [...]

Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia — Kenner

    If you have been arrested or charged with possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia in Kenner.  Contact our firm to speak with a New Orleans Drug Crimes Defense Attorney.   Kenner Municipal Code Sec. 7-191. --  Possession of Marijuana   Marijuana is hereby defined as follows: Marijuana means all parts of the plants of the Genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin, but shall not include the mature stalks of such [...]

New Bill Would Eradicate Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Marijuana Possession In Louisiana

New Orleans Drug Crimes Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter Law -- New Orleans Marijuana Defense Attorney   Serving Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. John, Baton Rouge, St. Charles, Plaquemines Parishes.   New Bill Would Eradicate Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Marijuana Possession In Louisiana   Both the Louisiana House and Senate will reconvene for the 2013 Legislative Session in April 8, 2013.  As an attorney, I subscribe to email alerts regarding legislative news.  This evening I was thrilled to see a proposed bill that would eradicate mandatory minimum sentences for Marijuana Possession.   This bill is House Bill 103, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans. [...]

Appeals Court Considers Marijuana Reclassification — New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney

  NEW ORLEANS MARIJUANA DEFENSE ATTORNEY     If you have been arrested for a Marijuana Offense in Louisiana, Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.  Our fees are always discounted for Marijuana Offenses.   Serving Clients in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, Assumption Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson Parish.     Appeals Court Considers Marijuana Reclassification     More than 10 years after it was initially filed, the latest petition to remove marijuana from Schedule Iof the Controlled Substances Act is finally giving the herb its day in court. The [...]

New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Louisiana Marijuana Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.   Support the decriminalization of Marijuana!   New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill by Phillip Smith, stopthedrugwar.org The New Hampshire House barely passed a marijuana decriminalization bill Thursday. The bill squeaked by on a 162-161 vote, not enough to overcome a threatened veto by Gov. John Lynch (D). New Hampshire State Capitol, Corcord (wikimedia.org) Supporters were able to win passage only after Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien abstained, allowing the one-vote victory. The bill, House [...]

Louisiana Marijuana Laws

  NEW ORLEANS MARIJUANA ATTORNEY   Attorney Elizabeth B Carpenter has been a supporter of reforming Marijuana Laws for many years.  Currently, Louisiana has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country, and it has the fifth-highest marijuana arrest rate in the United States.  Additionally, Louisiana has never had a law that effectively protects medical marijuana patients from arrest. In the last several sessions, Louisiana legislators have been too busy trying to increase marijuana penalties and refusing to introduce compassionate medical marijuana legislation.   If you have been arrested for a Marijuana Offense in Louisiana, Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.  Our fees are always [...]