A New Orleans lawmaker wants to reduce the criminal penalties for those individuals who are repeat marijuana possession offenders. State Representative Austin Badon says current law allows a judge to sentence a third-time pot possession offender to 20 years in prison, which is costly and the crime doesn't fit the punishment.
The bill would lower the maximum sentence from five years to two years for a second conviction. A third conviction and the offender would face a maximum sentence of five years under the proposed legislation. Badon says similar legislation passed the house last year, but failed to pass the senate
Key developments from the first week of testimony in the fraud and conspiracy trial of two former associates of Republican Gov. Chris Christie over lane closures near the George Washington Bridge in 2013