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:
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
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)