Pro-medical marijuana billboard goes up ahead of final vote
BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers prepare for the final vote on medical marijuana legalization, a pro-pot group has placed a billboard in the Capital City featuring a local mother and her child.
The digital signage goes live at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and displays Baton Rouge residents Brittany Osborne and her daughter Kalie. Kalie suffers from a seizure disorder, and her mother feels certain medical marijuana could be in a tremendous aid in combating the condition. Beneath a picture of the mother and daughter, the billboard reads: "Medical marijuana would help my child. Will our legislators?"
The group behind the billboard, Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana, will hold a press conference at the site of the billboard at 5522 Corporate Blvd. A similar digital ad will also run in Shreveport. The North Louisiana billboard features Amite residents Katie Corkern and her son Connor. Connor suffers a similar affliction to Kalie.
According to SMPL, SB 271 would establish a viable medical marijuana program in Louisiana by amending an unworkable medical marijuana law that is already on the books. It would also add seizure disorders and several other debilitating conditions to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. Many parents claim their parents would see significant benefits from the introduction of medical marijuana to the state.
SB 271 has been approved by the Senate, and the House could vote on it as early as Wednesday. If approved, it will be sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature.
“I’ve watched friends move out of state to get their children medical marijuana and I see their success and I hope and pray that Louisiana will join them,” said Corkern, who describes herself on her weblog as a “Christian wife, mom, teacher, blogger, crafter, and advocate.”
“My son suffers from 500-plus seizures a day,” she said. “He has tried 17 different medications, which have not been successful and have produced horrendous side effects. Connor has run out of options in Louisiana. His neurologist believes medical marijuana could be his last hope, and the legislature should not make us wait any longer to access it.”
Specifically, the billboard is located at the southwest corner of Corporate Blvd. and Energy Drive. You can learn more about SMPL at www.smplouisiana.org. Check back with News 2 for more details following the event.