NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Beginning Wednesday, people in possession of up to 2.5 pounds of marijuana in New Orleans will likely get a ticket if caught. Under a new city law, they will no longer be arrested.
New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison Monday laid out the details of the city's new misdemeanor marijuana law that takes effect on Wednesday.
The new law will apply to anyone over 17 years-old who is caught with up to 2.5 pounds of marijuana outside of a school drug free zone if its clear they are not dealing the drug or involved in any other criminal activity.
If they are, they may still be arrested. if its simple possession, they will likely just be cited, but the marijuana will be confiscated and though some believe it will save police manpower, the police chief says it may mot be all that much.
"I don't want to give you false hope. We still must get to the evidence room," Chief Harrison said.
Under the new ordinance, people cited for possession will face fines of under $50 in many cases.