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Honoré acknowledged that his bill was not well received both among lawmakers and state law enforcement associations.
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But what lawmakers did find palatable was the marijuana sentencing reduction measure, sponsored by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans. That measure passed on a 10-4 vote and now goes to the full House for consideration.
But a widely-opposed measure that would have asked Louisiana voters to decide if pot should be legal was withdrawn from consideration by the bill's sponsor before the same committee could debate its merits.
Badon acknowledged critics of his measure, but said: "In Louisiana, this is where we are. It seems to be the bill that everyone is coalescing around."
Badon said it was unjust that someone could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing two joints while former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper only received 8 years for sexually assaulting women whom he rendered unconscious using powerful drugs.
A separate bill sponsored by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, would reduce sentences more drastically,2018 Nike Air Max 98, decriminalizing a first offense and capping jail time for repeat offenders at 30 days. It hasn't yet received a hearing.
The bill would retain current sentencing guidelines for a first offense, which call for a maximum of six months. But prison time for a second offense would reduce from five years to two years. A third conviction ? which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years ? would be reduced to a five year maximum. A fourth conviction would have an 8-year sentence cap.
"Time is changing ... and we need to take this serious." said Rep. Dalton Honoré, D-Baton Rouge,Air Max 2018 Shoes, who sponsored the bill, which called for a parish-by-parish vote on pot legalization.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) ? Amid a broader debate about Louisiana's strict marijuana laws, a House legal committee Wednesday approved a bill that would cut the current 20-year maximum sentence for simple marijuana possession down to eight years.
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