House OKs bill to lessen some marijuana sentences

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The House has narrowly agreed to a proposal that would lessen the sentences for people convicted of marijuana possession in Louisiana.

Under current law, someone convicted of possession of marijuana for a second time can face up to five years in jail. Third and subsequent convictions can land someone in jail for up to 20 years.

The bill by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon would cut that jail time. A second conviction could carry a sentence up to one year. A third conviction could send someone to jail for up to two years and additional convictions would carry a sentence up to five years.

Lawmakers in the House voted 54-38 for the bill. The measure heads to the Senate for consideration.

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