In New Orleans, Simple Marijuana Possession No Longer An Arrestable Offense
‘…New Orleans police will have even more leeway to issue citations for simple marijuana possession after the City Council voted 7-0 Thursday (March 17) to enact new standards aimed at reducing the number of arrests for low-level drug crime.
An NOPD officer was already allowed to write a ticket for first-offense possession of a personal stash of pot, and they still have the option to use the stricter state law that calls for arrests. Council members Susan Guidry and Jason Williams backed the ordinance that allows police to issue summonses for third and subsequent simple possession charges.
Fines would start at $40 for a first offense and be capped at $100 for fourth offenses and beyond.
The new law doesn’t make it legal to smoke marijuana in New Orleans; it only lessens the penalties for possession of small amountsSponsored Links