Fake news article cited by Louisiana lawmaker in argument against medical marijuana bill

As a bill seeking to expand Louisiana’s medical marijuana laws works its way through Louisiana’s legislature, it’s facing a bit of confusion. 

As one lawmaker argued against HB579 in a House committee Thursday, she referenced a satirical news article from The Daily Currant claiming 37 people died on the first day recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in January 2014. 

That story is fake. The information is untrue. 

Rep. Dodie Horton (R-Haughton) cited the information from the satirical news outlet during a discussion before the committee voted on the bill. She later replied to a tweet from an Advocate reporter identifying her source as a satirical outlet, saying she received the story from “a so-called ‘trusted’ source,” before blocking that reporter from her account. She acknowledged in the tweet she now realizes her source was not credible. 

I was given this info from a so-called “ Trusted” source but now know that the story was not credible! What is fact is the number of car wrecks as a direct result of marijuana use in Colorado is up by 48%. With several ending in deaths. Need the experts/FDA to approve usage/First

— Dodie Horton (@repdodiehorton) April 5, 2018

Several online articles, including those from The Huffington Post and Snopes, identify the post as false. Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge), the bill’s sponsor, returned to the podium to close the discussion and said he wished to address Horton’s remarks. At that point she acknowledged the information to be false, but declined to address it to onlookers or correct the public record.

The bill would allow people with glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain and post traumatic stress disorder to receive prescriptions for marijuana and allow smokable marijuana, as opposed to the cannabis oil

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