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TODAY: leaders discuss legalization in Louisiana

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Posted: Jan 20, 2014 11:01 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 21, 2014 8:48 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: marijuana, louisiana, legalize

BATON ROUGE- Later today, 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.

Recently, the president even weighed in on a national debate on the issue.

He said he doesn't argue for legalizing pot. But he said in an interview with "The New Yorker" that pot is less dangerous than alcohol, quote, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer."

The debate about marijuana in Louisiana is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Check WBRZ.com and watch later editions of WBRZ News 2 for more information.
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