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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pro-marijuana groups hold "jazz funeral" for pot prohibition

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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While the Louisiana Legislature started considering potential marijuana reform earlier this year, and New Orleans has taken small steps to change how marijuana users are penalized, marijuana's "prohibition" remains. Several groups, however, will take to the streets of the French Quarter Oct. 11 to welcome the end of anti-marijuana laws.

The Louisiana Cannabis Coalition, Louisiana Herbs and the LSU Chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy host a "jazz funeral" for marijuana prohibition Oct. 11. The march begins at 3 p.m. at Canal and Bourbon streets. At 4 p.m., it moves from Bourbon to St. Ann Street and ends at Jackson Square, where the rally continues until 7 p.m.

The groups suggest attendees wear funeral attire.

Though marijuana's accepted medical use has been on Louisiana's books since 1991, conflicting federal (and state) laws prevent anyone from getting those prescriptions filled. Recent polls have shown a shift in Louisiana's acceptance of marijuana use, and even Gov. Bobby Jindal (vaguely) suggested supporting a strict-supervision form of medical marijuana use. State law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies, however, have posed the biggest obstacle to legislature's ability to get any legislation in front of the House or Senate, with medical marijuana reform bills from stalling in committees. A particularly pot-filled 2014 session had a dozen bills on its agenda.

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