Bill to put recreational marijuana legalization to a vote hits House committee today
Posted on 5/6/2015 1:59:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The legislation by Baton Rouge Representative Dalton Honore that would let voters decide whether or not recreational marijuana should be legal in Louisiana gets a hearing today. 

LSU Public Policy Polling Research Director Mike Henderson says they've surveyed residents and there seems to be a decline in opposition to pot for adult use over the past couple of years. 
"It's fallen by almost five points and support has come up by about three points," said Henderson.

Recreational marijuana for adult use is legal in Oregon, Washington D.C., Colorado, Alaska and Washington. Henderson says when it comes to pot, there used to be a 14 point difference with opposition out-polling support and that's fallen by half in the last two years. 

He doesn't think Louisianians would make it legal now, but likely in the next 10 years.

"Because a good chunk of that support is coming from younger people who tend to turn out less often," said Henderson.

The survey found support for legalization of marijuana for personal use is at 45 percent, lagging opposition at 52 percent. He says the strongest support comes from younger Louisianians who don't show up at the polls as often.

"10 years from now those younger voters will be voting more often and if they are still supportive of marijuana legalization I'd imagine it would have very high support."


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