Marijuana legalization in Louisiana gets boost from public support: 'The tide is changing'

By WBOK Staff

Monday, May 3, 2021
Republican state Rep. Scott McKnight, a conservative 40-year-old Baton Rouge businessman, was torn over the proposal in the Louisiana Legislature to legalize marijuana for recreational use. 

A former reserve deputy in East Baton Rouge Parish, he knew law enforcement has concerns with the idea. But one thing that helped sway McKnight to vote for the bill – making him one of three Republicans to send the proposal out of committee and on to the full House for debate in a historic vote – was public opinion.

"I have not received a negative email or call. I have received a good bit of positive emails," McKnight said. “The tide is changing on this.”

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