Shreveport eyes no jail time for some marijuana offenses

Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The city of Shreveport is weighing whether to get rid of jail time for some small marijuana-related offenses. Local media report that the bipartisan proposal was put forward by council members John Nickelson and Tabatha Taylor during a Tuesday meeting.

The proposal was drafted in cooperation with Mayor Adrian Perkins. Under the proposal, people 18 and older who are found in possession of 14 grams or less of marijuana would receive a fine of $50 or given community service instead of possible jail time.

The marijuana proposal will come up during the council’s March 23 meeting.