Candidate for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District says ‘legalizing weed is the right thing to do’

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State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, speaks about his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat after signing up for the race on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. The seat is vacant because former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond resigned to work for the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – State Senator Troy Carter is currently representing the 7th district in Louisiana.

Six years after winning that seat, Carter is now running to replace the seat formally held by Cedric Richmond.

Cedric Richmond held Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2011.

That changed when Richmond decided to go join the White House Senior Staff.

Even though it has nothing to do with what Carter could accomplish in Congress, the state senator has made it clear how he feels on one issue.

One stance that Carter has taken is the notion of legalizing marijuana in Louisiana.

Carter elaborated on his stance below:

When it comes to marijuana legalization, it is time for Louisiana to catch up. Far too many young people are arrested and locked up for simple possession of marijuana. Entire lives are turned upside down as a result.

And it’s not just about criminal justice. Our state is missing out on millions in lost revenue and jobs because of our backwards position on weed.

Carter is one of many candidates running for the office no longer held by Cedric Richmond.

The date of the special election is March 20.

The comments about the issue of legalizing marijuana were sent out as part of a fundraising e-mail by the Carter campaign.

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