Louisiana

Sun
26
Jul

Lebowski Fest Founder Arrested After Allegedly Smoking Marijuana At Bowling Alley - TV Newsroom

According to The Courier Journal, Louisville local Will Russell was arrested at the Executive Strike & Spare bowling alley for possession of marijuana.

In what could be the plot of a Coen Brothers movie, the founder of Lebowski Fest, an annual party to celebrate the 1998 stoner-bowling movie, was arrested on Saturday… at Lebowski Fest. As the 14th yearly gathering of Dudes and Jesuses and Walters screaming about the rules commenced, the founder of the fest was arrested in the most Lebowski way ever.

Tue
21
Jul

Will These Louisiana Universities Start Growing Marijuana

Under Louisiana’s recently enacted medical marijuana law, LSU and Southern University AgCenters will get the first crack to grow so-called medical marijuana. But The Advocate reports there could be a small complication, Federal law.

Under a new law the Legislature approved earlier this year, the AgCenters were granted the first right of refusal to hold a state-sanctioned monopoly on production of legal medical marijuana. The monopoly would go by public bid to a single provider if the universities refuse.

Mon
20
Jul

Who will grow, refine medical marijuana? Experts say state's new law puts LSU, Southern in grey ...

The LSU and Southern University Agricultural Centers have been granted first crack at being the sole growers and producers of medical marijuana in Louisiana.

Under a new law the Legislature approved earlier this year, the AgCenters were granted the first right of refusal to hold a state-sanctioned monopoly on production of legal medical marijuana. The monopoly would go by public bid to a single provider if the universities refuse.

Fri
17
Jul

Study finds medical marijuana may reduce opiate-based narcotic deaths, website reports

States that have legalized medical marijuana and provide it through dispensaries to patients in need are seeing falling rates of deaths due to opiate-based narcotics, according to a study reported on by the website Vox.

Wed
01
Jul

LA: New marijuana law may help get early release

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

 If you think there are too many in jail or prison for possession of marijuana, you'll likely support the new law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The lower penalties take effect immediately. Someone caught with less than 14 grams of marijuana will face up to 15 days in jail and up to six months if caught with less than 2 1/2 pounds. The maximum penalty drops from 20 years in prison to eight years.

The law mostly affects those who are arrested in the future -- as it reduces fines and sentences and whether incarceration may involve time in jail or prison.

It won't automatically reduce sentences for those already in jail or prison.

However, local defense attorney Walt Sanchez said it may help them get an earlier release.

Wed
01
Jul

Bobby Jindal Agrees To Let Medical Marijuana Reach Patients In Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a law to provide access to medical marijuana on Monday, nearly a quarter-century after his state had legalized cannabis use by chronically ill people.

Though Louisiana signed off on medical marijuana in 1991, it has remained unavailable because the state legislature didn't create a system to legally grow and distribute the drug. The new law fills that significant gap.

Louisiana becomes the first Southern state to make marijuana available to its residents for medical use. It joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia where medical marijuana is already legal and accessible.

 

Mon
22
Jun

Louisiana ready to inhale medical marijuana legal fumes?

Who would have thought that the most notable legislation in the recently completed session of the Louisiana legislature was increasing taxes by over one billion dollars, and legalizing marijuana use for certain purposes.  Some observers around the state capitol wondered sarcastically just where did all the conservative republicans go?  

Mon
22
Jun

Cannabis Prescriptions vs. Certifications: The Wording Matters

A number of state legislative sessions recently adjourned leaving several new cannabis bills awaiting governors’ signatures. Two states in particular—Louisiana and Texas—made moves towards legalizing cannabis. Their bills have a lot in common. They are highly restrictive, CBD only, and allow access for a very limited number of conditions. Most importantly, they suffer from the same fatal flaw—they require doctors issue “prescriptions” for medical cannabis.

Sun
21
Jun

Social trends- Marijuana Churches

There is a new social tend developing among marijuana cannabis devotees- the heady mix of God, weed and church services. The latest in the news is The First Church of Cannabis based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Minister of Love William Levin has taken advantage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to start the church and announced the first service will take place on July 1st, when the act becomes legal. What does this mean? Apparently parishioners will be able to light up on church premises without fear of arrest. Pretty interesting when you consider that Indiana doesn’t even allow medical marijuana use.

Tue
16
Jun

Imagine if the media covered alcohol like other drugs

What if the media covered alcohol like it does other drugs? This was a question that came up in my coverage of flakka, a synthetic drug that made headlines after law enforcement blamed it for people running in the streets naked in delusional paranoia. What follows is a satirical attempt at capturing that same type of alarmist reporting, but for a substance that really causes widespread and severe problems.

NEW ORLEANS — An ongoing drug epidemic has swept the US, killing hundreds and sickening thousands more on a daily basis.

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