Governor talks about possible weed legalization
BATON ROUGE- The governor said he may be open to considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Louisiana, but said he does not support full legalization.
"It's an issue I'll look at closely and will consider closely and will consider under strict supervision for patients that will benefit from that," Governor Bobby Jindal said.
The governor's comments were made a day after lawmakers met to talk about the possibility of legalizing weed in the state. The meeting was just a discussion and was not meant to plan any legislation.
But, there will be talk about changing weed possession laws when lawmakers meet at the Capitol for the legislative session in March. Budget watchdogs believe lessening penalties will save the state money.
One report suggests the state could save $1.5 million the first year and as much as $4 million each year following since fewer people will be incarcerated.
Nearly 1400 people are put in jail each year for marijuana possession.
A public policy survey found people in Louisiana support easing marijuana laws. Nearly 78% of people who voted in an unscientific poll on WBRZ.com also said they would support legalizing marijuana.
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