Local leaders fight marijuana reformation legislation - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local leaders fight marijuana reformation legislation

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

A debate on lessening the penalties for marijuana possession is taking place at the state capitol this week.

There are three bills in the House and Senate that seek to reform the state's marijuana laws, which are considered some of the toughest in the nation.

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered Senate Bill 323, which sought to reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana to no more than six months in jail and a fine of $100 for all offenses.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier and Sheriff Tony Mancuso, as president of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association, testified in opposition to the bill by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 against the bill following the testimony.

KPLC's Gerron Jordan will have more on later editions

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