BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House will debate whether to decriminalize recreational marijuana use by adults.
Lawmakers on the House criminal justice committee voted 7-5 Tuesday to send the proposal by Republican Richard Nelson of Mandeville to the House floor for debate.
Two other Republicans joined Nelson and Democrats to support the measure, helping it get out of committee.
The bill would allow people 21 years and older in Louisiana to buy and have marijuana for personal use and would set up the legal framework for growing and selling cannabis products outside of the state’s current medical marijuana program.
Opponents included organizations representing sheriffs and district attorneys.