Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered.
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law Monday, along with a bill that will get medical marijuana to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy through a limited number of distributors.
The lessened penalties take effect immediately. Someone caught with less than 14 grams of marijuana will face up to 15 days in jail and up to six months if caught with less than 2.5 pounds. The maximum penalty on later offenses drops from 20 years in prison to eight years.
State officials expect it will take two years for medical marijuana to get to anyone with a prescription because of the bill's regulations.
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