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A move to decriminalize marijuana in Louisiana was shot down in a Senate committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 323 by State Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, seeks to make simple possession of marijuana, under an ounce, a misdemeanor.

Law enforcement officials and the District Attorneys Association were in opposition to the bill. That was apparently enough to swing at least one vote against the measure. Sen. Elbert Guillory reportedly was in favor of the bill but he voted to defer the matter, effectively killing the bill.

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A move to decriminalize marijuana in Louisiana is being debated in a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 323 by state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, seeks to make simple possession of marijuana a misdemeanor.

Law enforcement officials and the district attorneys association are in opposition to the bill.

They said this is a step toward the legalization of marijuana. They added marijuana is a gateway drug to addiction.

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FILE: May 7, 2013: Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis at a City Council meeting in Peoria, Ill.AP

A police raid to learn who was behind a Twitter account that mocked an Illinois mayor has so far resulted in one arrest, but officials said Monday the investigation continues, as free speech advocates express concern.

The account -- @Peoriamayor -- was created about nine weeks ago and had about 50 parody tweets, mostly about Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis supposedly using illegal drugs and associating with prostitutes, before Twitter suspended it in mid-March.

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marijuana-lightBernard Noble was visiting his father in New Orleans three and a half years ago when two cops spotted him riding a bicycle. They stopped Noble, frisked him and found a small amount of marijuana — the equivalent of two joints.

by Tyler Bridges of the Lens

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This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney shows Neil Scott. Montgomery County prosecutors identified Scott as one of the leaders of a drug ring they say supplied marijuana and cocaine to three colleges and a number of high schools in Philadelphia's affluent Main Line suburbs. Scott and the other suspect, 18-year-old Timothy Brooks are both graduates of The Haverford School. The two college dropouts are scheduled to be arraigned Monday, April 21, 2014.

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OMAHA, Neb. – Some Nebraska law enforcement officers are frustrated that their agencies have to bear the cost of jailing and prosecuting people for drug violations tied to Colorado's legalized marijuana.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that western Nebraska agencies are increasingly busy because of cases involving Colorado pot.

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Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward says many officers in the region have come to believe that Colorado should shoulder some of the cost.

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April 20, 2014: Partygoers listen to live music on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER – Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

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  • With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON – Medical marijuana users in Illinois who own handguns will be able to keep their firearms, according to a new change in state policy proposed Friday. But it still doesn’t mean that smoking and shooting will be legal under federal law.

The revised rule would reverse a controversial proposal made by the Illinois Department of Public Health that would have required gun owners to hand over their weapons if they smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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