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Local State Reps say pro-marijuana laws not likely to pass

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Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. There's a total of 20 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.  But here in the Bible belt, weed friendly laws just don't get a lot of traction. And our local lawmakers say they do not support the legalization of medical marijuana here in Louisiana.

State Representative Henry Burns says he just can't support any type of weed friendly laws. "If 50 states one day approve it, I hope we're the 50th. Anything that impairs your judgment, even just a little bit, I don't think is good."
And another State Representative, Patrick Williams says he won't support it either but he is interested in alleviating some of the costs associated with locking up pot offenders. "The bill was inclusive of legalizing as well as the penalty aspect of it, and I think that's an important talk to have. Our prisons are filled with these individuals and the cost of maintaining a prisoner because of that and the sentence and penalties involved in those things are something I think we as a state would have to look at."

In 2012 there at least 1,291 arrests for marijuana in Bossier Parish.
In 2013 there at least 1,266 arrests in Bossier Parish for the drug.
It costs $3.50 a day to house an inmate at the Bossier Parish Correctional facility.
But when bail for the first offense is only $500 dollars, a lot of those offenders bond out pretty quickly.
But the more you're arrested - and depending on how much marijuana you have - the sentence and the cost to house that inmate goes up.

Burns says it'll be tough to pass any pro marijuana laws in Louisiana. "I just don't buy the adage that alcohol is bad for you and this isn't as bad as that. Two wrongs don't make a right," he concluded.

Louisiana State Police officials released their talking points for today's meeting on legalizing marijuana, saying it will have a negative impact on safety on the roadways because their statistics show that people who drive within a few hours of using marijuana are twice as likely to be involved in a car crash.

A recent public policy survey found more than half of people in Louisiana say they would support changing laws to regulate and tax pot.

And State Representative Dalton Honore who led today's discussion into legalizing weed says, "I'm not advocating legalizing marijuana. I feel that residents of Louisiana feel it needs to be legalized in open areas and they need to make a decision themselves."

 

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