10/13 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?

Mandatory drug sentences cost Louisiana taxpayers millions of dollars to incarcerate people charged with simple possession of marijuana. Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? Or does Louisiana - which ranks among the top ten states for drug use - need further reinforcements in its battle against this “gateway drug”? Louisiana Public Square explores the pros and cons of legalization on “Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate” airing Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (Taping Wednesday, October 16)

Backgrounder

Last November, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana through voter referendums. Fifteen states already have decriminalized the substance and a total of twenty states allow for its use in treating certain medical conditions.

So, where does Louisiana stand in this debate? Mandatory drug sentences cost Louisiana taxpayers millions of dollars to incarcerate people charged with simple possession of marijuana. Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? Does Louisiana - which ranks among the top ten states for drug use - need further reinforcements in its battle against what many call a “gateway drug”?

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