Pot supporters rally despite big losses in legislature
Legalize Louisiana will hold a rally on the steps of the State Capital Saturday afternoon for the legalization of marijuana. The group does not believe elected officials are listening to the people.
A co-organizer of the event, Kerri Lee Short-Brecheen, says they are in the majority.
"57% of the United States are now wanting marijuana reform. And we don't find it fair that the citizens of Louisiana and other states aren't the ones that are able to vote on this issue."
Short-Brecheen says medical studies have shown benefits of marijuana use and the tax revenue from the legalization of marijuana would be beneficial for the state. She says the goal of the rally is to get people to listen.
"We really just want Louisiana to pay attention to what's going on. To give us a chance to decide what's right for us."
Several bills dealing with marijuana reform were heard during this legislative session and none of them passed. Short-Brecheen believes the issue of the legalization of marijuana should be put to a popular vote.
"There are a lot of people in Louisiana that are smart people. We should be allowed to decide this type of stuff."