HB 652 Passes Senate

Rep. Cedric Glover’s HB 652 Bill Passes Senate, Decriminalizing Small Possession of Marijuana

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Democratic Representative Cedric Glover’s HB 652 passed the Louisiana Senate this week by a vote of 20-17. HB 652 decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana (14 grams). Lives are too frequently destroyed by harsh criminal penalties that carry costly fines and jail time. HB 652 reduces the possession of small amounts of marijuana to a misdemeanor offense with a maximum fine of $100, injecting equity and justice into an issue that has been deprived of both for far too long.

“It’s hard to overstate the significance of HB 652,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Katie Bernhardt. “HB 652 eliminates heavy-handed penalties that carry lifelong consequences and it saves taxpayers money. We are grateful to Representative Cedric Glover, Senator Jay Luneau, Louisiana Progress Action, and countless others who have worked tirelessly on this important issue.”

HB 652 will make Louisiana the 27th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It passed the House of Representatives 68-25.

Democratic Representative Cedric Glover’s HB 652 will make Louisiana the 27th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana if it is signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards.

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