Apr 23, 2021
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Next week, two legislative committees in Baton Rouge will be hearing testimony on bills that would bring Louisiana’s cannabis policies into the 21st century.
Ask your state lawmakers to support ending Louisiana's war on marijuana.
Ending cannabis prohibition will create jobs and economic opportunity, significantly increase state and local tax revenue, ensure product safety, and free up law enforcement resources so they can focus on real crime.
You can also go the extra mile by testifying in Baton Rouge in support of the bills. Here are the details:
Tuesday Hearings — Decriminalization + Voter-Referral for Legalization
What: House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee hearing on HB 652 — which would reduce the penalty for up to 14 grams of cannabis to a $50 fine, or an alternate penalty in lieu of a fine for those who can’t pay; HB 524, which would legalize cannabis for adults if approved by voters; and HB 243, which would legalize cannabis for adults if a separate regulatory bill is adopted.
Where: Committee Room 6, State Capitol, 900 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
When: Tuesday, April 27, committee meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday Hearing — Legalization
What: House Agriculture Committee hearing on HB 637— which would legalize and regulate cannabis.
Where: Committee Room 3, State Capitol, 900 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
When: Thursday, April 29, committee meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.
Face masks are required due to the coronavirus, and temperatures will be checked. You can find more background information, tips, and talking points here.
And please don’t forget to write your lawmakers. Then, spread the word to others in the state.