Baton Rouge Bar Endorses Decrim

In a ballot by mail in which less than half of the membership voted, the Bar Association of Baton Rouge, La,, has endorsed decriminalization of marijuana. Hie resolution favors substituting a civil fine of up to $100 for the present criminal penalties applied to possession of up to an ounce. Louisiana NORML had planned to submit the proposal to the meeting of the Louisiana State Bar Association in May, but decided to wait; "for a more opportune time:*

Two bills with similar provisions have been introduced in the Louisiana House and Senate, Both have been in committee since mid-June. If passed as written, pot misdemeanors., would be punishable only by a summons, and offenders would not have to spend the night in jail.

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