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- Diminished Quality of Life - Diana Drake, CEO of New Beginnings Treatment Center, witnessed firsthand the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
- Effects of Marijuana - New Beginnings Treatment Center director Diana Drake describes what she sees as the effects of marijuana usage.
- 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.
- A good day for me - Crohns Disease patient Jimmy describes life with the condition.
- Draconian sentences - Baton Rouge attorney Michael Wolf explains why he feels current pot possession laws are unjust.
- Victimless crime - Michael Wolf, a Baton Rouge attorney, describes what would be a fair sentence for marijuana possession.
- Psychological dependency - Baton Rouge attorney Michael Wolf touches on various substances that a person can become addicted to.
- Gateway drug - State Representative Sherman Mack explains his objections to any attempts to reduce marijuana possession laws.
- Opening the door - Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, is concerned about the message that decriminalization sends to children.
- Students for Sensible Drug Policy - Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler explains what Tulane Students for Sensible Drug Policy promotes.
- 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.
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)
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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