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this is a discussion within the NOLA Community Forum; Getting caught with a joint in New Orleans is likely to result in a fine, not handcuffs, following the the passage of a citywide ordinance reducing penalties for simple possession. A measure from District A City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who ...

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
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Fines approved for marijuana possession

Getting caught with a joint in New Orleans is likely to result in a fine, not handcuffs, following the the passage of a citywide ordinance reducing penalties for simple possession.

A measure from District A City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who also chairs the Council?s Criminal Justice Committee, introduces fines for possessing fewer than 14 grams of pot: $40 for a first offense, $60 for a second offense, $80 for a third, and $100 for a fourth and subsequent offenses. The measure received unanimous support from councilmembers and is expected to get Mayor Mitch Landrieu?s approval; it goes into effect 90 days later.

Nearly 30 New Orleans musicians ? including Kermit Ruffins and Phil Frazier of Rebirth Brass Band ? endorsed the measure, which also has the support of marijuana advocacy and criminal justice reform organizations.

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