Louisiana's House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a meeting later this month to discuss the feasibility and effectiveness of legalizing marijuana possession and use. Baton Rouge Representative Dalton Honore requested the meeting and he says his main focus is to look at the use of medical marijuana in this state.
"I don't smoke, have never tried marijuana, but studies show marijuana has some positive effect on 100-plus ailments," Honore said.
Honore says it's legal for a doctor in Louisiana to prescribe medical marijuana, but pharmacies are not allowed to sell it. He says he's more interested to see if medical marijuana should be available in Louisiana, but when the House Criminal Justice Committee meets on January 21st, legalizing pot for recreational use will also be discussed.
The state representative says a poll conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union last September shows 53-percent of the respondents support taxing and regulating marijuana for use by people over the age of 21.