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Honore wants pot on the ballot

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BATON ROUGE - State Representative Dalton Honore says it's time to let the people decide if marijuana should be legal in Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Democrat wants to put issue on the ballot for the 2016 presidential election.

Honore, a former East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy, says the presidential election is the "best chance" the issue has for passing due to high voter turn out. However, before the bill ever makes it to voters, it must first pass through the state legislature and the governor's office.

In the past, similar bills have failed to make it past policy makers.

Much of the resistance comes from the law enforcement lobby. Organizations like the Louisiana District Attorney Association and the Louisiana Sheriff's Association are known to have sway with legislators.

"We see so many bad affects of drugs and marijuana as well," says East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, "who's going to pay for the trouble by legalizing this?" Moore pointed to concerns about a potential increase in individuals driving while high and the inability to accurately test their level of impairment.

Honore says he wants to legalize marijuana to reduce prison incarceration rates. He plans to visit Colorado, a state which allows recreational marijuana, to learn what measures local law enforcement agencies took to adjust to legalization.



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