BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Before the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session started today, lobbyists and activists who want to legalize marijuana took to the capitol steps.
They're asking our lawmakers to consider supporting marijuana bills on the table this year.
Right now, eight bills on the books have to do with marijuana.
Six of them lessen penalties for cannabis possession, something the democratic caucus agrees with, because it would reduce the prison population.
Activists say they know marijuana legislation is in its early stages, but they're ready to see things move forward.
"In an era where we're cutting healthcare and education, I think it's time to cut this out and switch to the regulate model that's been implemented in Colorado and Washington and in August most likely, Alaska," said one marijuana activist.
The activists say our state is in the middle of a "cannabis prohibition" and they want the decision of whether the drug is legal or not to be in the hands of the voters.