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Louisiana law enforcement opposes legalizing marijuana

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BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday.

The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves the drug, state law enforcement leaders said they may change their opposition.

"If the FDA approves it then most of our problems go away," explained E. Pete Adams, the Executive Director of Louisiana District Attorneys Association. 

Opposition from law enforcement groups has scuttled several other marijuana-related bills so far this legislative session, including efforts to lower criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

"I wish Louisiana would get on board, I'm not trying to get high, I don't want them to think I'm trying to get high, I want to be better," said medical marijuana user Michael Lawrence. "If they want to do a study on me, I'm open for that."

The bill is being considered by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday morning.


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