Louisiana 2016 Legislative Session: Bills to Watch

  2016 Legislative session to address gun, marijuana, job laws The regular session of the Louisiana Legislature got underway March 14 and continues through June 6. While the big question concerns how lawmakers plan to balance the state’s gaping billion-dollar-plus budget hole, a variety of bills concerning guns and drugs are being monitored by criminal-defense lawyers and other legal observers.   FIREARMS Near two-dozen bills on the table involve handguns and concealed-carry rights. For example, Rep. Barry Ivey, a Republican from Baton Rouge, filed a bill to amend the Louisiana Constitution to allow anyone 21 or older to carry a [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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