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Legislation to establish medical marijuana program in LA, P.2

In our last post we began speaking about a bill currently sitting on Governor Jindal’s desk that would officially establish medical marijuana as a regulated industry here in Louisiana. As we mentioned, one of the issues that will have to be dealt with once the program is officially established—assuming Jindal indeed signs the bill—is drugged driving.

Legislation to establish medical marijuana program in LA

Lafayette readers are probably all aware of the changes that could be coming in Louisiana with respect to marijuana. Governor Jindal currently has on his desk a bill that would establish a medical marijuana program in Louisiana. Although it is true medical marijuana has actually been legal for some time here, the current legislation would establish an actual framework for regulating the medical marijuana industry, including growing, prescribing and dispensing the drug.

Legislation to establish medical marijuana program in LA

Lafayette readers are probably all aware of the changes that could be coming in Louisiana with respect to marijuana. Governor Jindal currently has on his desk a bill that would establish a medical marijuana program in Louisiana. Although it is true medical marijuana has actually been legal for some time here, the current legislation would establish an actual framework for regulating the medical marijuana industry, including growing, prescribing and dispensing the drug.

If the legislation is signed-and Jindal has indicated that he fully intends to approve it- Louisiana would become the 24th state to officially approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Given the widespread changes taking place in the area of marijuana legislation across the United States, the move wouldn't be surprising.

Louisiana lawmakers consider easing up on marijuana penalities

Louisiana is the latest state to consider taking a more relaxed approach to certain marijuana charges. A bill has cleared the House and next goes to the Senate that would reduce the maximum sentence for second-offense marijuana possession to two years from the current five years.

Will the 2016 ballot ask Louisiana voters about pot legalization?

The debate concerning the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes has undergone a dramatic change over the last several years due to the success of voter-driven initiatives in states like Colorado, Washington and, most recently, Alaska.  

As pot legalization increases, teen pot use is declining

We have previously written about the changing approach to drug policy in various parts of the United States. Although marijuana is illegal here in Louisiana for any and all purposes, a significant number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use. At least two states have legalized recreational use, and a number of jurisdictions around the country have decriminalized the possession of certain amounts of marijuana.

Definition of ‘possession’ may be broader than you think

The English language is full of phrases whose original meanings have either been lost or changed. A good example is being “caught red-handed.” At one time, it referred to being caught with blood on your hands, either because you had just committed murder or because you had been poaching animals on land that you did not own.

Mandatory minimum sentences in Louisiana

While marijuana is now able to be used legally for medicinal purposes in some states, being charged with possession of marijuana is not as minor as many people may think. Because the state of Louisiana has mandatory minimum sentences, even a first-time offender can face years in prison depending on the amount of marijuana in his or her possession.

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Attorney Joshua S. Guillory was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. Upon graduating high school from Alexandria Senior High, he enrolled in classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Josh was a member of Mu Kappa Tau, a national honor society for marketing majors, while attending... Read More

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