Bill to legalize marijuana fails in state House

By T. Scott Boatright

A bi-partisan push to legalize recreational marijuana in Louisiana died in the state House on Tuesday.

The bill to tax the sale of marijuana was voted down failed with 47 votes in favor and 48 against. It would have needed 70 votes in favor in order to pass.

Afterwards, a bill that would have decriminalized marijuana across the state and allow the legal sale of marijuana in some parishes if passed was tabled.

The vote also likely doomed the approval of legalized weed next year because tax bills aren’t slated to be brought up in 2022, because that is not scheduled to be a fiscal session.

Earlier this session the Louisiana House voted to allow patients to smoke medical marijuana in its raw form.

That bill was approved in a Senate committee on May 12, sending it to the full chamber for a final vote.

Currently, state dispensaries only sell medical marijuana in liquids, topical applications, inhalers and edible gummies.

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