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 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. [...]

Synthetic Drug 25I: A New Schedule I Drug

New Orleans Drug Crime Attorney   By Elizabeth B Carpenter -- Criminal Defense Attorney New Orleans    Elizabeth B Carpenter Law is a premier law firm for Drug Crime defense.  We have defended almost every type of Drug Crime imaginable in South Louisiana.   If you are in need of a New Orleans drug crime attorney, contact our office today.       Synthetic Drug 25I: A New Schedule I Drug State health officials, top lawmakers and law enforcement personnel announce steps they have taken to ban a dangerous new drug, 25i, making it illegal in Louisiana. This relatively new drug, 25i, [...]

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 [...]

Possession or Distribution of a Schedule V Controlled Dangerous Substance — Louisiana

New Orleans Drug Possession Distribution Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney   Defending those accused of Drug Crimes in Jefferson, St. John, St. Bernard, Orleans, St. Tammany, Plaquemines St. James, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and St. Charles Parishes!!!   Distribution or Possession of Drugs Listed in Schedule V Controlled Dangerous Substance  -- La. R.S. 40:969   See Schedule I See Schedule II See Schedule III See Schedule V   It is unlawful:   To produce, manufacture, possess with intent to producea controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule V; To create, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute, a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule V. These [...]

Schedule V Controlled Dangerous Substance — Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS DRUG CRIME DEFENSE ATTORNEY   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney    The following is a list of Schedule IV controlled and dangerous substances as defined in the Louisiana Criminal Code.  You can find the statutes pertaining to illegal possession, manufacturing, and distribution here.   SCHEDULE V CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE -- La. R.S. 40:964   SCHEDULE V A.  Narcotic drugs containing nonnarcotic active medicinal ingredients.  Any compound, mixture, or preparation containing any of the following limited quantities of narcotic drugs or salts thereof, which shall include one or more nonnarcotic active medicinal ingredients in sufficient proportion [...]

Phenazepam is now listed as a Schedule I in Louisiana — New Orleans Drug Crime Attorney

NEW ORLEANS DRUG CRIME DEFENSE ATTORNEY Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney     Governor Bobby Jindal has signed Act 346 of the Louisiana 2012 Legislative Session.  This act adds phenazepam to the list of Schedule I controlled dangerous substances.   Phenazepam is a benzodiazepine drug, which was developed in the Soviet Union and now produced in Russia and some CIS countries. Phenazepam is used in the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal syndrome and insomnia. It can be used as a premedication before surgery as it augments the effects of anesthetics and reduces anxiety. Recently, phenazepam has gained popularity as a recreational drug; abuse has been reported in the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and [...]

Possession and Distribution Bath Salts — Louisiana Drug Crime

ST. TAMMANY DRUG CRIME DEFENSE ATTORNEY   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney     In early 2011, the Louisiana Legislature passed emergency legislation making the Possession and Sale of "Bath Salts"  illegal under La R.S. 40:966.  These Bath Salts are considered a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance -- by definition, this means that the substance has a high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medical use in the U.S.   Illegal "Bath Salts" can be broken down into the following chemicals: 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3,4-Methyenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), 4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone), 4-methoxymethcathinone, 4-Fluoromethcathinone and 3-Fluoromethcathinone   By adding these chemicals to the controlled [...]

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 [...]

NOPD Officer Who Shot Unarmed Pot Suspect in Gentilly is Identified

  Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.       NOPD Officer Who Shot Unarmed Pot Suspect in Gentilly is Identified   By Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune   New Orleans police officials confirmed Thursday that the 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by a plain-clothed narcotics officer during a drug raid at a Gentilly house a day earlier was unarmed. New Orleans police officer Joshua Colclough, 28, fired a single shot Wednesday evening that killed Wendell Allen, 20. Police officials were guarded in [...]

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