Jindal supports marijuana bills
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he supports three bills concerning marijuana regulations on Thursday.
The first bill would make it legal for pharmacists to dispense medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana for decades, but pharmacists are not allowed to dispense the drug. This year's bill would close the loophole in the law.
The other two bills that Jindal supports would reduce prison sentences for people arrested for illegal marijuana possession.
"We've said all along we're fine with providing rehabilitation on drug offenders," said Jindal, "I think it's good for offenders and i think it's good for tax payers."
Under the current law a third time offender for marijuana possesion could get 20 years in prison. Under the proposed bills, prison time would be reduced to a maximum of five years.