BATON ROUGE — The lucrative nature of medical marijuana sales was at the center of a Louisiana House committee discussion on a law that puts the state into the distribution business. LSU and Southern University plan to grow marijuana for use as medical treatments, as authorized under 2016 legislation to legalize and regulate the distribution.
LSU’s operation alone is estimated to cost between $10 million and $15 million. But the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development was warned Thursday (April 27) that it will take seven to eight years for the operation to become lucrative.
A bill prohibiting so-called sanctuary city policies anywhere in Louisiana — but targeting New Orleans — was approved with a 8-7 committee vote Wednesday (April 26) and sent to the full House for debate.
House Bill 135 by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, defines sanctuary city policies as ordinances or guidelines discouraging or prohibiting cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when it comes to immigrants or preventing local law enforcement officers from asking a suspect about his or her immigration status when routinely stopped for another offense, such as a traffic violation.
Gov. John Bel Edwards discussed a wide range of issues facing Louisiana during a video conference Thursday (April 20) with the editorial board of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. The discussion was transcribed by Sarah Gamard.
A contentious proposal in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a Shreveport lawmaker would prohibit a state institution of higher learning from allowing its name or symbol to be affixed to an alcoholic beverage.
This has ramification for both the microbreweries and the schools. The controversy even caught the attention of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who weighed into the brew-ha-ha Thursday.
The Louisiana State Capitol was flooded with a sea of bright blue T-shirts Thursday when more than 100 members of the group Louisianans for Prison Alternatives came to support bills relating to incarceration reform.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) also was there to support the group. Sarah Omojola, an SPLC policy counsel in New Orleans, said twice as many people as expected showed up for the demonstration.
A Louisiana Senate committee moved a bill forward Thursday (April 20) that would prohibit certain coverings, substances and devices from obstructing a license plate for the purpose of foiling the attempts of traffic enforcement cameras to read it.
Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, filed, as promised, House Bill 632 on Tuesday (April 18), which would increase Louisiana’s gas tax 17 cents per gallon and would raise an estimated additional $510 million annually for the state’s highways and bridges.
“Across Louisiana, our infrastructure is crumbling,” Carter said off the floor. “The citizens of this state are sick of being stuck in traffic, and they want bold solutions that improve safety, quality of life and economic productivity, which this bill provides.”