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Gov. Edwards says he’s ‘interested’ in signing bill to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana

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Published: Jun. 7, 2021 at 11:35 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:58 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Gov. John Bel Edwards said he is “interested” in signing says the bill into law that would eliminate jail time as a penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

The governor made the comments during a news conference on Thursday, June 10 after the Louisiana Legislature adjourned for its 2021 regular session.

Gov. Edwards said he and his team would be reviewing the bill.

BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB) - According to The Advocate, a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana is on its way to the governor’s desk for a signature.

The Senate voted Monday 20-17, with no votes to spare, to approve Representative Cedric Glover’s bill. The bill would decriminalize the possession of up to a half-ounce or 14 grams of marijuana.

A spokesperson for Gov. Edwards said that Edwards has not made it known whether he would sign or veto the bill.

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