Some lawmakers worry medical marijuana could spur corruption
BATON ROUGE - As a majority of Louisiana lawmakers push forward with a proposed medical marijuana law, some are looking to the past - and not with nostalgia.
Fifteen-years after former Gov. Edwin Edwards was convicted in a corruption scheme involving riverboat casino licenses, some lawmakers worry weaknesses in the medical marijuana proposal could lead to similar abuse.
Several lawmakers have raised concerns because Sen. Fred Mills' medical marijuana bill calls for one cultivation center and 10 dispensaries. Critics say clout and influence-peddling could play a role in who gets the licenses.
Many guidelines governing the process haven't been written yet. The bill directs state boards and agencies to develop those rules.
The medical marijuana bill, which Gov. Bobby Jindal says he will sign, is up for a final Senate vote this week.