Mar 24, 2022
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Louisiana’s 2022 legislative session has convened and it will be an exciting one for cannabis policy reform.
More than 20 cannabis-related bills have been introduced, including bills to legalize cannabis, expunge records, free some cannabis prisoners, prevent the smell of cannabis from being used for a warrantless search, and to expand the number of therapeutic cannabis pharmacies and cultivators. You can view our synopsis of the pending legislation here.
We need your help to defeat a fast-tracked bill to re-criminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis for people under the age of 18. HB 700 has already passed out of committee and is headed to the House floor. Let your legislators know young people should not be incarcerated for cannabis possession!
Community service or drug education would be a much more appropriate penalty. Now is the time to engage your legislators to stop this legislation in its tracks before it opens our youth to the dangers of incarceration in our state.
Stay tuned for updates as the other bills begin to be taken up, so that you can raise your voice for sensible cannabis policies. Be sure to share this with your friends and families in Louisiana!