Lawmakers cut penalties for people caught with drug supplies
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to cut the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia to conform with lessened marijuana penalties passed last year.
Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300 on a first offense.
A second offense will carry a jail term of no more than six months and a fine up to $1,000. Someone convicted for a third or subsequent offense will face prison time of up to two years and a fine as high as $2,500.
An 84-4 vote Wednesday in the Louisiana House sent the measure by Rep. Greg Miller, a Norco Republican, to the governor's desk.