Bobby Jindal Will Sign Marijuana Reform Measures

   

In yet another example of marijuana law reform going mainstream, conservative Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has stated that he will sign measures to improve Louisiana’s marijuana laws if they make it to his desk. Not that long ago, cannabis law reform seemed to be a liberal progressive issue, but more and more conservatives seem to have seen the light. Today, it seems like marijuana law reform is one of the few bipartisan issues that Democrats and Republicans can agree upon.

From The Times-Picayune:

There are three bills moving through the state legislature affecting Louisiana’s marijuana laws. Two of them (SB 241) and (HB 149), which are nearly identical, would reduce the tough sentences judges are allowed to hand down for repeat marijuana offenses; reduce a second marijuana offense from felony to misdemeanor; and allow first-time convictions for simple possession to be erased after two years.

The bills also set up a simple possession charge for smaller amounts of marijuana and more serious charges that can be brought for larger amounts of marijuana that drug dealers and distributors typically possess.

The third bill sets up a framework for patients in need of medical marijuana treatment to be able to get the drug if a doctor prescribes it.

There are many reasons to support cannabis law reform. Some issues conservatives can certainly agree upon, others liberal and many all political persuasions can support. Sensibly and incrementally reducing marijuana penalties has been estimated to save Louisiana taxpayers $16 million. Saving millions of dollars seems to be a political position that all can support and is understandably sweeping the nation in city after city, state after state.

 

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.