Lawmakers in Louisiana’s Republican-led Home quashed an effort to legalize marijuana possession for these 21 and older and set up an adult-use retail market.
In accordance with the Lafayette Each day Advertiser, the Home Legal Justice Committee voted 9-4 to oppose Home Invoice 24 launched by Democratic Rep. Candace Newell.
The invoice was opposed by Louisiana sheriffs, district attorneys and chiefs of police who contended passage would current a public-safety situation and a hazard to youngsters.
The business setback within the pink state, the place the GOP controls each chambers of the Legislature, comes amid an growth of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program.
Arkansas-based multistate operator Good Day Farm, the most important medical marijuana producer in Louisiana, is doubling manufacturing capability this 12 months amid sturdy affected person demand and new laws increasing entry.
Louisiana final 12 months enacted a number of regulatory modifications to broaden its MMJ program, together with:
- Permitting extra labs to conduct testing.
- Transferring oversight from the Louisiana Division of Agriculture to the state’s Division of Well being.
- Allowing nurse practitioners and psychologists to make suggestions.
- Mandating supply to sufferers.