City Council Softens Marijuana Laws: How Does This Affect You?

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Drugs, Local Issues, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, NOPD

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Have you had a charge for marijuana possession in the City of New Orleans? If so, up until this week, a repeat offense could have landed you behind bars.

Now, thanks to a measure passed by the City Council ,you may just get a ticket the next time.

The path to less strict marijuana laws in New Orleans started back in 2010 when it became standard practice to issue court summons for possession instead of getting a one way ride to jail. However, this leniency was only extended to first time offenders.

Starting Wednesday, June 22,  a summons can be issued, at the officer’s discretion, in lieu of the slammer.


The law affects anyone who is caught with less than 2.5lbs and an officer has deemed he/she isn’t using for distribution.

As well, if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and you visit New Orleans carrying your medical marijuana, and are arrested or detained, this new ordinance may be applicable to you. See our blog post on Medical Marijuana.


Regardless of whether it is your first offense or not, if you are caught with drugs you will need an attorney and we here at Bloom Legal have your back. Reach us here at the office 504-599-9997 or directly on the website.

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