Who We are. Our mission
SMPL is an organization dedicated to statewide coalition building, sound policy research, education and advocacy for substantive drug law reform. We are headquartered in the capitol of Baton Rouge where we lobby at the local and state level, but have affiliates in every major city throughout Louisiana. The SMPL board is a dynamically diverse mix of professionals who share one passion in common for making our laws for marijuana both modernized and civilized. We bring to the task a varied mix of seasoned and younger advocates, different political orientations, ethnicities, sexes, socio-economic backgrounds, birthplaces and skill sets or expertise. By going public with our growing coalition and amplifying publicly available information, we seek to help expose the ulterior motives of the vested drug warriors and undo some of the deep damage that results from the stigmatism of any non-violent fully consenting private consumption of a naturally occurring medicinal plant. learn more
Everyone’s heard the term “jazz cigarette” before. It’s a ubiquitous little phrase that, in today’s era, is more comical than anything else. It’s a slang term uttered with a smirk that veils its actual meaning: a joint. The term, coined in the 1920s in jazz clubs and brothels where jazz musicians played, was appropriate in its original use.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid concerns about bottlenecks to access, Louisiana regulators agreed Monday to loosen limits on how many medical marijuana patients doctors authorized to dispense cannabis can treat.
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s Board of Medical Examiners voted to lift the cap on the number of patients a doctor can treat with medical marijuana at its meeting here Monday.
Former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, a Republican from Chackbay, has made yet another transition in his life in politics and pharmaceuticals. He is now working as an advocate for marijuana legal changes with LenitivLabs, the medical cannabis company founded by TV host Montel Williams.
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In November 2016, the U.S. marijuana industry was aflutter over both the election of President Donald Trump and his nearly immediate appointment of then-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Worries abounded among cannabis industry executives that Sessions would resurrect the war on drugs.
After a smashing success with SMPL’s 2018 Lobby Day, the organization is now shepherding several important reform bills through the legislature. From multiple medical marijuana (mmj) or therapeutic Cannabis bills to a statewide decriminalization effort, the organization is pushing many long overdue reforms. We are able to do this, of course, in large part because of the help that the organization gets from its many members and allies. Together, these citizens and citizen’s groups have helped Representative Ted James, D-Baton … read more
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with President Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 23. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump has again hinted at wanting the death penalty for drug dealers. It’s “a discussion we have to start thinking about,” he said at a Saturday night rally in Pennsylvania. But he added, “I don’t know if this country’s ready for it.” “Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they … read more
CALL FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS TO JOIN US AT THE CAPITOL FOR SMPL LOBBY DAY 2018 Inclusion of Chronic Pain, PTSD AND Inhalation in State Law The reform of Cannabis law is a hot topic nationwide. The Louisiana Medical Marijuana Law is evolving, and the non-profit organization SENSIBLE MARIJUANA POLICY of LOUISIANA (SMPL) is urging the Louisiana Legislature to expand eligible medical conditions to include chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as to permit inhalation/vaporization as a delivery method … read more
With years of passionate and steady effort, we’ve made significant progress on drug law reform in Louisiana. Thing is, there’s a lot left to do. We’re not there yet. It takes a while. Always does. What it also takes, though, is teamwork. A lot of people have to get motivated. People have to get sick of waiting or hearing empty excuses from the opponents of reform. We have to be motivated to challenge and cut through the lies to get … read more