House Bill 988 was handed via the Louisiana Home Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations on Might 19. If the invoice turns into regulation, it will create protections for state workers who search to make use of medical hashish. Whereas it will forestall workers from being fired, and stop discrimination towards those that search to use, it doesn’t apply to public security workers comparable to firefighters or regulation enforcement.
The invoice’s sponsor, Rep. Mandie Landry, strongly believes that her invoice is a more healthy selection for Louisianians. “There are lots of people who don’t wish to take opioids for his or her long-term PTSD and ache administration due to the excessive risk of habit to opioids,” Landry mentioned, in line with the Louisiana Illuminator. “This has proved to be a greater possibility than them.”
The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy estimated that there are 43,000 medical hashish customers within the state, and presently solely nine pharmacies to serve them.
On the committee assembly, Louisiana Division of Administration Communications Director Jacques Berry famous that his personal division already has rules in place to stop discrimination for medical hashish consumption. In help, he shared his ideas on unifying rules throughout the board with an instance a few office harassment invoice that’s working equally. “Each company had a sexual harassment coverage, however they had been in every single place, and Dr. [and Rep. Barbara] Carpenter needed stricter, extra constant requirements,” Berry mentioned. “She wrote an excellent regulation, and it’s working very effectively.”
Equally, Rep. Ed Larvadain spoke about wanting forward. “We’re going to have to alter how we cope with medical marijuana. However it is a first step.” He additionally requested that he be invited to work with Landry about discovering an answer that may shield firefighters and regulation enforcement officers as effectively. “Plenty of these women and men have power pains as a result of over time they’ve needed to climb via home windows and cops have been abused,” Larvadain mentioned.
Many advocates who spoke publicly in help of the invoice on the assembly. Tony Landry, a council member of the Veterans Action Council, commented that neither regulation enforcement or firefighters are allowed to eat CBD, since “it may possibly accumulate in your physique over time and trigger a optimistic take a look at. I’m in favor of this invoice, and I simply suppose we have to depart no worker behind.”
Final summer season, Louisiana decriminalized hashish with Act 247, which imposed a tremendous of $100 (or a court docket summons) for possession of 14 grams or much less. On the time, Peter Robins-Brown, coverage & advocacy director at Louisiana Progress supplied a statement about the news. “Marijuana decriminalization will actually make a distinction within the lives of the individuals of our state,” Robins-Brown mentioned. “It’s an necessary first step in modernizing marijuana coverage in Louisiana, and it’s one other milestone within the ongoing effort to handle our incarceration disaster, which has trapped so many individuals in a cycle of poverty and jail. Now it’s time to be sure that everybody is aware of their rights underneath this new regulation, and that regulation enforcement officers perceive find out how to correctly implement it.”
Nevertheless, earlier this yr House Bill 700 was launched to imprison minors who possessed small quantities of hashish. On March 23, the Louisiana Progress Tweeted a response to the invoice’s strategy in holding minors away from hashish. “In #lalege Admin. of Crim. Justice, the cmte is listening to HB700 by @LarryBagleyLA, which might truly criminalize juveniles for possessing lower than 14 grams of marijuana extra harshly than adults, incl. potential jail time. Very very very very very very very dangerous concept. #lagov”. Presently, it’s nonetheless ready for dialogue within the Home.