The public perception of those who are addicted to illegal drugs is often very negative. It is almost as if people do not understand that addiction is an illness.
Minor marijuana crimes, such as possession of 14 grams or less, come with equally minor legal ramifications. In Louisiana, a first offense conviction for that type of possession carries a maximum $300 fine and a maximum of 15 days in jail. The state also has medical marijuana laws, so it is possible to use the drug legally under the right circumstances.