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Bill lowering marijuana penalties advances to La. Senate

Published: May. 30, 2013 at 2:10 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 at 2:36 AM CDT
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Baton Rouge, La.- A bill heads to the Louisiana Senate that would lessen the penalties for marijuana possession.

The House passed the bill on a 54-38 vote which would dramatically lessen the jail time and fines imposed on a person convicted of possessing marijuana.

The bill also removes marijuana possession from the so-called "three strikes" provisions.

The sponsor, Rep. Austin Badon says the bill will save the state millions of dollars each year.

The proposal does not change penalties for those convicted of selling marijuana.