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La. rep. looks to lower fines, reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession

Louisiana State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives) Louisiana State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana representative who proposed revising Louisiana's marijuana laws held a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the bill.

State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, authored House Bill 149, which seeks to lower fines and the lengths of sentences for simple marijuana possession.

Under current state law, a second possession of marijuana conviction is punishable by up to eight years in jail. A third conviction can land a person in prison up to 20 years.

Those in support of the bill say lessening sentences could help ease the strain on the criminal justice system and save the state money when it comes to housing inmates.

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