Louisiana

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May

How Louisiana's medical marijuana bill has evolved

State Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, sponsored the medical marijuana bill.(Photo: Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser)

Vigorous debate in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and before the full upper chamber has sharpened the focus of a bill that would enable medical marijuana to be prescribed in Louisiana.

That’s how sponsor Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, sees things. Mills next will take Senate Bill 143 to the House Health and Welfare Committee, perhaps in a week. It’s a committee on which he served while a House member, and Mills expects to get a full and fair hearing for his legislation there.

Fri
08
May

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he has no objections to medical marijuana bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday (May 8) said he has no objections to a medical marijuana bill moving through the state legislature, the first time he's commented on the specifics of the legislation.

Although Jindal, as he's done in the past, expressed support for some form of legislation allowing chronically ill patients to use marijuana therapeutically, he's warned the legislation must meet certain regulatory standards. A bill introduced by Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, appears to do that without any "glaring problems," Jindal said, though he said he wants "to reserve the right" to examine the bill in more detail.

Fri
08
May

Marijuana Legalization Louisiana: Overhaul Of State's Strict Drug Offender Laws Debated By ...

Louisiana has always played hardball when it comes to punishing small-time drug offenders, but that could soon change. The state House's Administration of Criminal Justice Committee voted 10-4 Wednesday to approve a bill that would soften the state’s restrictions on people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. The proposal is next expected to go to the House floor for debate, the Times-Picayune reported.

Wed
06
May

Louisiana's medical marijuana legislation slides through Senate, headed to House

The Louisiana Legislature on Monday (May 4) moved closer to authorizing pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana to patients in Louisiana. The Senate rubber-stamped the legislation, which spells out how the state's medical marijuana industry would work, by a vote of 22-13.

If the bill is adopted into law, those with a prescription could obtain the drug in non-smokable form at one of 10 dispensaries across the state. The version of the bill that passed Monday authorizes one growing site. It also restricts the use of medical marijuana to patients suffering from glaucoma, spastic quadriplegia and for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. 

Tue
05
May

Louisiana Sherriff Anti-marijuana Myths

Editor’s note: Amid discussion about the potential legalization of medical marijuana in Louisiana, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz has offered his perspective in this column. This is the latest of a series of his articles on the subject.

Myth 1: ‘I can’t become addicted to marijuana’

Marijuana may not be as addictive as tobacco or heroin, but 1 in every 6 teens, (and 1 in every 11 adults) who ever try marijuana will become addicted to it. Just as with alcohol and tobacco, most chronic marijuana users who attempt to stop “cold turkey” will experience an array of withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and/or cravings. These are classic signs of dependency.

Tue
05
May

Marijuana has uses for Lousiana

Louisiana lawmakers have convened the 2015 legislative session. Already multiple bills have been filed to change how the state treats marijuana consumers, including those who use marijuana for medical purposes.

Tue
28
Apr

Louisiana senator fighting for medical marijuana

One state representative hopes that his second effort to enable Louisiana doctors to prescribe medical marijuana will clear at least the first hurdle — getting the bill out of committee.(Photo: AP)

BATON ROUGE – State Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, hopes that his second effort to enable Louisiana doctors to prescribe medical marijuana will clear at least the first hurdle — getting the bill out of committee.

Mills, a pharmacist who once led the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, is proposing Senate Bill 143, legislation that would develop rules and guidelines for producing medical marijuana and dispensing it.

The bill will be presented at 10 a.m. Wednesday before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Tue
28
Apr

Marijuana legalization could be on Louisiana's ballot in 2016, but it's unlikely

About a week before the Louisiana Legislature convened, state Rep. Dalton Honore trekked to Denver for field research related to legislation he's pushing in Louisiana. The journey brought him just a few blocks from the Colorado State Capitol, to a marijuana dispensary.

"Some of the (pot) shops look like Apple stores," said Honore, a Democrat from Baton Rouge, as he scrolled through photos of marijuana plants on his iPhone.

The 72-year-old is a former sheriffs deputy who has "never had a marijuana cigarette in my life." Moreover, he said, he's never been in the company people smoking it. But Honore said it is time stop locking people up for using the drug and start treating it more like alcohol by focusing on education and treatment.

Fri
24
Apr

The Global Marijuana March Begins May 2, 2015

The Global Marijuana March (GMM) is kicking off at different locations across the world taking place this year on Saturday May 2, 2015 and include marches, meetings, rallies, concerts, festivals and other relevant information and events relating to cannabis.

The Global Marijuana March began in 1999 which have had hundreds of thousands of people participated in over 829 different cities in 72 countries worldwide since its inception.

The Global Marijuana March is a celebration embracing cannabis culture as a personal lifestyle choice. Participants unite to discuss, promote, entertain and educate both consumers and non-consumers alike.

Wed
15
Apr

To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.

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