BR to be center of new pot debate in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE- Next week, a group of leaders will meet to talk about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.
There is a hearing scheduled with pharmacists, district attorneys, law enforcement officials, and members of Louisiana's legislative body. They'll look at the feasibility and effectiveness of legalizing pot.
"I'm not advocating legalizing marijuana, I feel that residents of Louisiana feel it needs to be legalized in open areas and they need to make a decision themselves," said Rep. Dalton Honore, who is leading the discussion.
A recent public policy survey found more than half of people in Louisiana say they would support changing laws to regulate and tax pot.
There is also a bill, set to be discussed among legislators at the upcoming session, to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession.
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