Louisiana Legislature
United States of America

Marijuana prohibition has not worked. The War on Drugs has proven to be not only an abysmal failure, but a drain on public resources. Neighboring southern states such as Georgia and Florida have taken measures to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal reasons. Alabama has currently two bills before their legislature. Louisiana has taken similar measures but with limited success. Louisiana is well positioned to financially benefit, if and when the voters were to approve general marijuana decriminalization. A handful of states including California, Colorado, Washington and nationwide in Canada have already legalized the growth, possession and sell of marijuana for responsible adult recreational use. We feel that Louisiana should be among them.

We the undersigned petitioners, being American citizens and legal residents of the State of Louisiana do hereby petition the Governor, Secretary of State, Legislature and all competent authorities herein mentioned and unmentioned for the following.
1.) Place upon the ballot of the General Election of November 2020, a ballot amendment question authorizing general decriminalization of marijuana in Louisiana.
2.) Allow for the legal installation, operation, sell and delivery of marijuana and cannabis derived products.
3.) That the age of sell, possession, use and delivery of said products be set at the constitutionally mandated age of majority 18.
4.) That the private growth, possession or use of marijuana for adult recreational and especially medical use be decriminalized throughout the state.
5.) That taxes on recreational marijuana be set, by the state, parish and municipal government to raise funds in accordance with their budget needs.
6.) The creation of a State regulatory agency which shall be known as the Louisiana Marijuana Commission, which shall
a.) Monitor, regulate and liscense the sale of recreational marijuana in the state of Louisiana.
b.) Ensure that medicinal marijuana be available for medical facilities, clinics, universities, caregivers and chronic patients in the stste
c.) Ensure safe and legal alternatives for legal aged (18+) adults seeking to purchase and responsibly use marijuana recreationally.
d.) Interdict interstate and international sales of Marijuana in accordance with federal laws.
7.) Creation and funding of a medical marijuana research at institutions of higher education, hospitals and pharmaceutical facilities throughout Louisiana
8) Expansion of cannabis derived medicines including but not limited to Marinol, Sativax, various cannabinoid treatments such as CBD oils for Medical Marijuana users.
9.) That State tax revenues raised via recreational marijuana be re-invested into the general fund.
10.) That marijuana related crimes and prior convictions, of a non-violent, non-coercive nature, be hereby expunged from the Louisiana Criminal Code and the Judicial Record upon passage and ratification of this amendment, no later than January 1st 2021.

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