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N.O. City Council looks to ease marijuana laws

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New Orleans City Council members are looking at a proposal to further ease marijuana possession laws in the city.

Council member Susan Guidry's proposal would allow police to give verbal warnings for first time possession and written warnings for second possession.
Third and fourth violations would carry fines.

The aim is to free up police to focus on more serious crimes, and keep non-violent marijuana offenders out of jail.

"They can't pay bond, so they wind up in jail pretrial. They can't pay fines and fees so they wind up in jail post-trial, post-conviction and it's you and I that pay for those days in jail," Guidry said.

A number of commenters showed up to voice support for the reforms.

Changes made in state law last year paved the way for the proposed changes.

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