Marijuana and hairdressing discrimination bills to be debated earlier this week

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – State Representative Candace Newell (R) says she and many women like to wear their hair in a more natural style.

“I just want people to be comfortable in their own skin,” Newell said.

This is why she introduced a bill to put an end to discrimination against certain types of hairstyles.

“The heat, the chemicals that we have to put on our hair just to straighten it, to make our counterparts comfortable and to be accepted is a lot,” she explained.

A similar bill would ban so-called hairdressing discrimination in the workplace, but Newell’s bill goes even further.

“It doesn’t just stop discrimination on the hair, it stops it in different places such as work, school and public housing,” Newell said.

His bill is due to be heard in committee tomorrow, but next Tuesday our attention is once again on marijuana.

“Yes, so there are three different bills that are all part of the same type of package to legalize marijuana,” said Rep. Richard Nelson (R).

Nelson introduced three bills to decriminalize cannabis. Bills have been postponed several times, since leaving committee and on home soil.

But he says Tuesday should be the day the bills are finally debated. WAFB political analyst Jim Engster agrees.

“Come next year, the budget will be very different from this year, we will fight for money and every dollar is precious and marijuana is money,” Engster explained.

Each cannabis bill does something different. One regulates, the other taxes, and the third bill grants licenses to producers. And each bill would be essentially useless without passing the rest.

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