Feb 28, 2014 12:57 PM by Alex Labat
KATC has been investigating the possibility of marijuana legalization in the state, as some legislators feel it's time to lessen the punishments for possessing marijuana.
A recent report by the ACLU estimated Louisiana spent more than $46 million dollars enforcing marijuana laws in 2010. Statewide, officers made more than 13,000 arrests for marijuana that same year.
But one ex-con told us those harsh punishments are a good things and that nothing good can come from legalization.
Eliot Morgan knows firsthand how substance abuse can ruin a person's life, which is why he's saying no to legalized pot in Louisiana.
"From a person who abused drugs in my lifetime, and I've seen its effects on many people that I love, I just don't think it's a good idea," Morgan said.
He turned to drugs in college, and said while marijuana provided many highs, it also caused him to reach some of the lowest points in his life.
"I've watched other friends overdose, I've watched friends drive impaired and get in wrecks. Commit suicide. So it's very dangerous thinking, I think we're playing with fire if we legalize marijuana," Morgan said.
Now, he's a minister at the "Ile Des Cannes Worship Center," preaching to those with substance abuse problems that "where there's a will there's a way" not to use weed.
"Lust is something that's never satisfied. Your body likes marijuana, and you're always going to want more. If you don't have enough, and if you don't have enough money to pay for what you want, people are going to start stealing it. People are going to start taking lives for it. So it's not a good idea," Morgan said.