13 years in prison for two marijuana joints? Bernard Noble supporters cry foul

Should possession of two marijuana cigarettes be punishable by 13 years in a Louisiana prison? No way, according to a crowd gathered Saturday (March 7) in Broadmoor to push for the release of Bernard Noble, convicted in 2011 as a habitual offender of possessing marijuana and sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison.

At the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne avenues, dozens gathered in support of Noble, a New Orleans native and father of seven who is serving a 13.3-year sentence at the Jackson Parish Correctional Center in Jonesboro.

Commonsense NOLA and the Orleans Public Defender's office joined Louisianans for Responsible Reform and the Drug Policy Alliance to host the rally.