In January 2014, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would be open to supporting medical marijuana in Louisiana "if there is a legitimate medical need" and under "very strict supervision." Last week, he confirmed his support. Jindal said he plans to sign proposed legislation by state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Breaux Bridge, that provides a comprehensive framework for medical marijuana in the state, from planning the state's grow site to granting permits for dispensaries (there will be 10 statewide).
Mills attempted to pass a similar measure in 2014, but that bill died in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. This year, Mills' Senate Bill 143 passed that committee May 4 as well as the full Senate by a vote of 22-13. On May 27, SB 143 sailed through the House Committee on Health and Welfare and awaits final passage in the House before heading to the governor's desk.
Jindal also said he will support measures from New Orleans legislators Austin Badon and J.P. Morrell that significantly reduce penalties for marijuana possession.