NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - In the spring legislative session, the state Senate is considering a bill allowing shorter prison sentences for people convicted of simple marijuana possession.
The proposal would reduce the sentence for three convictions from 20 years to eight.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro supports the bill. He says it does not legalize or decriminalize the drug.
He also said the idea that thousands are locked up long-term for marijuana possession is a myth.
"That has been part of the hype that's been surrounding this bill, that thousands of people are in the department of corrections or in Angola for possession of marijuana. That is just not true," Cannizzaro said.
The bill passed the House last week.