Jun 17, 2021
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On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed HB 652 into law!
This new law will save thousands of Louisianans from being incarcerated for small amounts of cannabis. Effective August 1, the penalty for possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis will be reduced to a fine of up to $100.
Meanwhile, another important bill — HB 391 — is on Gov. Edwards’ desk. HB 391 would allow medical cannabis patients to use whole-plant, flower cannabis, which is allowed in all but one other medical cannabis state. Ask the governor to sign it into law.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard for humane cannabis policies in Louisiana, including Louisiana Progress — which led the charge on legalization and decriminalization advocacy this year; Kevin Caldwell and Common Sense NOLA, whose trailblazing local decriminalization efforts laid the foundation for statewide reform; and Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana, who have been key to medical cannabis progress and broader reform over the years. We are also so grateful to Rep. Cedric Glover for sponsoring HB 652.