With a bill coming down the pipeline regarding the potential expansion of Louisiana medical marijuana laws there appears to be some facts that need checking in the legislature.
Rep. Dodie Horton (R-Haughton) cited a information from a satirical news article in her argument opposing bill HB579 before the committee voted. The article in The Daily Currant made the “claim” that 37 people died on the first day that recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado back in January 2014.
An Advocate reporter identified her source as a satirical report to which Horton later replied on Twitter stating she received the information from a “so-called ‘trusted’ source shortly before blocking the reporter from her account.
Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) who sponsored the bill wished to address Horton’s statements before the close of the discussion however, she declined to address it for public record.
The bill would allow people suffering from glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain and post traumatic stress disorder to get prescription marijuana and allow for smokable marijuana as opposed to cannabis oil which is currently covered.
Many joined in on the exchange to criticize Horton over her remarks citing other headlines from The Daily Currant.
The article no longer appears on the website, however, this is not the first instance that this article has caused confusion according to a Huffington Post article published in the same year citing another bit of confusion surrounding the release of this article.