Penalties for repeated convictions for possession of marijuana would be dramatically reduced under a measure working its way through the Louisiana House. Repeat offenders — those convicted only of marijuana possession — also would no longer face sentencing as habitual offenders.
The committee unanimously agreed to send the bill to the House floor.
Badon and other supporters of the measure argued that reducing the penalties is not just a moral issue but a move that could save taxpayers money because the state will no longer be paying to keep pot smokers behind bars for long stretches.
“They’re clogging up the jails right now and the taxpayers have to pay for it,” he said.