On Tuesday, Louisiana’s Governor stated he has a great interest in a cannabis authorization bill that ascended past a House caucus hours earlier. A notable change of opinion from his dismissive feedback to queries regarding the policy change.
Although Governor Bel John Edwards is not sponsoring the reform currently, he underscores he would take a keen eye on its aspects if it arrives at his desk. When asked in the past about recreational legalization, he has flatly expressed opposition. However, as legislators within the Republican-led chamber are ascending the legislation, the Democratic Louisiana Governor seemed to welcome the legalization idea.
The governor stated that he’d look closely at the reform when it’s tabled in his desk and look at its features and the changes it requires. He added he wouldn’t speculate at this point; however, he has a great interest in that reform and its contents, particularly if it reaches the fourth floor. He will analyze it then and state his opinion about it.
The legalization bill cleared the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee early this week and is now headed to the House floor. However, its approval in one committee together with a different decriminalization reform shows that the reform has a chance in the conventionally reserved legislature during this session.
The Louisiana Governor has been different from other Democratic Governors with his firm opposition to cannabis legalization. He has approved legislation to improve the territory’s medical marijuana program and back the hemp sector. However, he has constantly refused to cross that line.
He admitted in November 2018 that he’s against cannabis legalization. He further said that he first wanted to observe how other jurisdictions fared after their marijuana regulation.
Such instances make Edwards’ recent comments unique. Given a chance to recant his opposition, he instead emphasized that he would give it an actual consideration.