Louisiana Politician Cites Satirical News Article in Argument Against Medical Marijuana

In this age of "Fake News," some people often act very skeptical when they find information online. But apparently that's not true for one Louisiana politician.

A Louisiana legislative committee was debating a bill to expand the state's medical marijuana program, when a Republican legislator named Dodie Horton began to speak against the bill. Horton cited an article she read that 37 people died on the first day Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, and used that information to say they should not pass this new bill.

The only problem: Her source was The Daily Currant, a satirical news blog.

After Horton spoke, one of the bill's sponsors took over speaking and pointed out that the information she cited was false. While Horton did acknowledge it was not true, she took no efforts to correct her statement on the public record.

A reporter pointed out that Horton cited a fake news source, and the politician said she had received the information from a "trusted" source, although she didn't not specify who or what that source was. She then said that car accidents involving marijuana are up 48 percent in Colorado, although she once again did not cite any source:

Let's hope Horton doesn't ever discover The Onion, or Louisiana state legislature debates are about to take a very weird turn

(h/t The Advocate)

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