POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 10:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 5:20pm
ALBANY, LA (NBC33) — Colorado has done it, Washington has done it, will Louisiana be the next state to legalize Marijuana?
Legal use in Louisiana might be a possibility. State Representative Dalton Honore is calling a meeting to debate just that this Tuesday. the administration of criminal justice committee is bringing the discussion of cannabis to the capital.. We sat down with one of the lawmakers who's part of that committee, and when it
comes to giving the green light to the green stuff, Representative Sherman Mack said, "No. in the profession i'm in, I see a lot of drug abuse. I'm an attorney, and some people say marijuana is safe, it's not. It's an open door drug. 90 percent of people who are addicted to heroine or cocaine they will tell you that they started out on marijuana."
Representative Honore was away at conference, but he released this quote. He said "legislators need to take a serious look at using medical marijuana. Other states have researched and found benefits, and he doesn't want louisiana to be the last." But his colleague begs to differ
"it's a detriment to our state," said Mack. it would be irresponsible of us, and Colorado is going to look back and say, what have we done. I fully expect Louisiana will agree with me."
But Scott Burke is not quite one of those people. "I'm not into drugs are anything like that, but I feel like people should have the freedom to choose, and they should take that money that they're using trying to bust people that are smoking it or trying to catch people dealing it; they should put that into healthcare, or education that we really need money in now with this economy," he said.
Representative Honore also told NBC33 that 65% of Louisianians are like Scott and agree with the movement. But whether for, or against, lawmakers can agree.
"Definitely your constituency is foremost on your mind, what do you
think is best for your constituents," said Mack.
The meeting is open to the public. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, in House committee room 6.