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Play Button  Extra - Diminished Quality of Life - Diana Drake, CEO of New Beginnings Treatment Center, witnessed firsthand the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Play Button  Extra - Effects of Marijuana - New Beginnings Treatment Center director Diana Drake describes what she sees as the effects of marijuana usage.
Play Button  Extra - When you are hurt…Jimmy, a 25 year Crohns Disease sufferer says he had tried it all to relieve his pain before smoking a marijuana cigarette.
Play Button  Extra - A good day for me - Crohns Disease patient Jimmy describes life with the condition.
Play Button  Extra - Draconian sentences - Baton Rouge attorney Michael Wolf explains why he feels current pot possession laws are unjust.
Play Button  Extra - Victimless crime - Michael Wolf, a Baton Rouge attorney, describes what would be a fair sentence for marijuana possession.
Play Button  Extra - Psychological dependency - Baton Rouge attorney Michael Wolf touches on various substances that a person can become addicted to.
Play Button  Extra - Gateway drug - State Representative Sherman Mack explains his objections to any attempts to reduce marijuana possession laws.
Play Button  Extra - Opening the door - Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, is concerned about the message that decriminalization sends to children.
Play Button  Extra - Students for Sensible Drug Policy - Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler explains what Tulane Students for Sensible Drug Policy promotes.
Play Button  Extra - Tulane Students for Sensible Drug Policy V.P. Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler is encouraged by federal H.R. 499 to legalize marijuana and put into states’ hands.
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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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Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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