Senate Bill 323 by Senators Robert Adley (R-Benton) and J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans) will amend existing penalties for simple marijuana possession, saving taxpayers millions of dollars while helping families stay intact.

Senate Bill 323 establishes the penalty for simple possession of marijuana at a maximum of six months in jail and a $100 fine.  Under current law, a second-offense simple possession conviction can result in fines up to five years in prison and a $2,000 fine, and a third offense can result in up to 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.