Marijuana reform rallies kick off tomorrow




Legalize Louisiana, a campaign to reform marijuana laws in the state, organizes another round of statewide rallies Thursday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.

The campaign held several rallies earlier this year from New Orleans to Shreveport. It aims for "an active movement creating health and justice in Louisiana" and advocates the industrial hemp business, decriminalization for personal use, and taxing and regulating commercial use in the state. In May, the group's Facebook page had nearly 6,000 likes. Today, it has more than 6,600.

Marijuana use isn't exactly legal in Louisiana, though there is an obscure law, enacted in 1978, allowing patients with a prescription to get it filled through a state source — though there's no way of obtaining it legally. The state's medicine cabinet is empty.

In New Orleans, a simple possession charge for marijuana was registered as a municipal offense in 2011. The penalties remain the same — it hasn't been "decriminalized" — but it moves the charges out of the criminal court system. Penalties for simple possession could include a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Find a list of tomorrow's rally and march locations below the jump.

All events begin at 3 p.m.

New Orleans
Lafayette Square (off Poydras Street between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street)

Giard Park, 500 Girard Drive

Lake Charles
Stellar Beans Coffee House, 319 Broad St.

Tamp and Grind Coffee, 828 4th St.

Locations in Monroe and Shreveport will be announced. Organizers aren't gathering in Baton Rouge.

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