Louisiana House Committee Approves Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana


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A bill that would decriminalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use is advancing in the Louisiana legislature.

On Tuesday, the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice voted 7-5 to advance the bill.

State Rep. Richard Nelson of Mandeville is sponsor of the bill and said studies show almost two-thirds of Louisianans support legalizing marijuana.

Law enforcement groups have opposed the bill, and Governor Edwards has also come out against legalizing recreational marijuana.

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