marijuana http://wwno.org en Lawmakers Not Ready to Reduce Pot Penalties http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-not-ready-reduce-pot-penalties <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Testifying before the House Criminal Justice committee are (L to R): Marjorie Esman, ACLU; Rep. Austin Badon; Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute." data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/WP_000629.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/04/Capitol_Access_040414.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>The House Criminal Justice committee took up the first of several bills that have been filed to change Louisiana’s marijuana laws on Thursday. New Orleans Representative Austin Badon is the author of a measure to reduce penalties for second-offense and subsequent convictions for marijuana possession. His bill would also prevent simple possession from being counted toward “three strikes” and life imprisonment.<p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 57741 at http://wwno.org Bill Easing State Marijuana Penalties Derailed http://wwno.org/post/bill-easing-state-marijuana-penalties-derailed <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:10:08 +0000 The Associated Press 57705 at http://wwno.org Louisiana May Lighten Up on Marijuana Laws http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-may-lighten-marijuana-laws <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Louisiana patients may soon have a new medicine option, if one state lawmaker has his way." data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201402/pot_laws.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/02/pot_laws.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>With some of the nation’s harshest punishments for marijuana possession and an ultra-conservative Republican governor at the helm, few would expect Louisiana might be the next state to allow folks to light up a joint. Yet one state lawmaker is planning to push to lighten up some pot laws during the upcoming legislative session. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:52:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 54366 at http://wwno.org State Lawmakers Hear Support For Legalizing Marijuana http://wwno.org/post/state-lawmakers-hear-support-legalizing-marijuana <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Supporters of legalized marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers, saying it could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical ailments.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:20:52 +0000 The Associated Press 52572 at http://wwno.org Bill Seeking Reduced Marijuana Possession Sentences Advances In State Senate http://wwno.org/post/bill-seeking-reduced-marijuana-possession-sentences-advances-state-senate A bill aiming to reduce the sentences of marijuana possession in Louisiana advanced Tuesday in the Senate.<p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 17:14:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 36775 at http://wwno.org Interviews: Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Cotton, Legalizing Marijuana http://wwno.org/post/interviews-civil-rights-activist-dorothy-cotton-legalizing-marijuana Dr. Beau Kilmer, with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, with what everyone needs to know about legalizing marijuana.<p>Jim talks with civil rights activist Dr.&#160;Dorothy Cotton, who was a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/04/JES_041713.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:01:00 +0000 editor 33378 at http://wwno.org