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Cannabis in Louisiana concerns the drug cannabis in Louisiana, United States, where it is legal for medical usage since 2015, but illegal for recreational usage. 

On June 30, 2015, Governor Bobby Jindal signed SB 143, which significantly reduced penalties for possession of cannabis. Under the bill, first time possession is punishable by a $300 fine and 15 days in jail, a second offense by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, a third offense by up a $2,500 fine and up to two years in jail, and fourth or subsequent offenses by up to a $5,000 fine and eight years in prison.

Possession of marijuana has been decriminalized in the city of New Orleans.

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On June 30, 2015, Governor Bobby Jindal also signed HB 149, which sets up a framework for dispensing marijuana for medical purposes. It is expected to take at least until 2017 until the structures are in place to dispense medical cannabis to any patients.


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  • Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB 149, which sets up a framework for dispensing marijuana for medical purposes

    2015-06-30

  • Reduction of criminal penalties

    2015-06-30


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