By Robert Capecchi
Thursday, the Louisiana Senate overwhelmingly approved HB 681 --- modest marijuana policy reform --- with a vote of 30-7. The House previously approved the legislation in a near-unanimous vote, 92-1!
HB 681 would make positive, albeit modest, reforms to the way Louisiana treats a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge for someone who is on parole. Currently, acquiring a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge while on parole automatically results in parole revocation. If signed by Gov. Jindal, this legislation will give judges discretion to penalize parolees charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession with administrative sanctions instead of outright revocation.
While this is a small step towards sensible marijuana policies, it is at least a step in the right direction.