Candace Newell’s Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Could Impact Louisiana Incarceration & Industry

April 9, 2021

Representative Candace Newell filed legislation HB 243 to decriminalize marijuana possession and distribution in Louisiana. Newell felt motivated to write this bill, “Because I have seen the disparities in how people are treated in this state. Black and brown communities are treated far more harshly than others.”  Newell emphasized that the legislation would have a […]

Marijuana Reform and Social Justice

October 1, 2018

The state of Louisiana has more for-profit prisons than any other state, which unsurprisingly brings one out of every 86 adults behind bars. Yes, medical marijuana policy is inciting positive change, but this change must move more quickly.  People’s lives are at stake, specifically those in marginalized groups who already face oppression!   Louisiana incarceration […]

It’s Time to Legalize Cannabis in Louisiana

September 18, 2018

Yesterday was a big victory for medical marijuana in Louisiana. The state Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to increase statewide access to medical marijuana. One of the main ways in which they’re doing this is by eliminating the patient limit. There are only a dozen or so doctors approved to prescribe cannabis in the […]

Medical Marijuana in Louisiana

August 1, 2018

We live in Louisiana. We live in a state where there are no laws prohibiting workplace, in school, or housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Yes, we live in Louisiana, so no, marijuana is not legalized for recreational use at this time. But! Not all hope is lost.

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