Twenty years. That’s 7,300 days. It’s over a quarter of the average American lifespan, and in Louisiana, it’s the amount of time a person can potentially serve for simple possession of marijuana.
While you’re picking your jaw up off the floor after hearing that, I should emphasize that we’re not talking about dealing. Simple possession refers to quantities too low for distribution. It is a misdemeanor, but only on the first offense. A second offense graduates to a felony punishable by up to five years in jail. After third offense, the maximum goes up to twenty years.