Local Activist Tells Critics of Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Implementation: “Let Them Suffer”

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Big Easy Magazine has obtained several screenshots of a well-known local marijuana activist telling critics unhappy with Louisiana’s implementation of its medical marijuana program, “Let them suffer!”

Katelyn Ramsey Castleberry is well-known as the state director of Louisiana Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism. Castleberry worked closely with State Representative Rodney Lyons in 2018 to get the restrictions on medical marijuana loosened to authorize more doctors and remove the patient cap – a move that we cheered.

However, on Sunday, Big Easy Magazine received an anonymous tip consisting of screenshots taken from Facebook. In them, Castleberry states “I’m a highly esteemed elected official. Try and unseat me.” When a commenter expresses outrage at her behavior, Castleberry doubles down, saying, “I’d love to step down but I’m just so high above you in my position here. Elected and all.”


“I’m not sure… you should be handling such an important process of implementation,” another commenter stated. “Patients considering this method of treatment will suffer for your ignorance.”

“Let them suffer!” Castleberry replies.

In addition to these comments, Castleberry also sent private messages to another local activist threatening to have her husband arrested, and claimed that she would “make sure homegrown (marijuana) was at least 7 years out.”


“I’m not a philanthropist,” Castleberry says. “I’m an angry lawmaking bitch.”

Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor. In addition to her work at Big Easy Magazine, she has also been featured in publications such as Wander N.O. More, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_

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8 thoughts on “Local Activist Tells Critics of Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Implementation: “Let Them Suffer”

  1. They were quite chosy with those screen shots. As someone who watched the conversation go down, Kaitlyn wasn’t out of line. At all.

    1. Thank you. If you knew Kaitlyn at all, even in passing. You would realize how ridiculously stupid this article comes across as. Please do some DD on your future articles.

  2. This story is very one sided. Sounds like Big Easy Magazine is using its power to bully Kaitlyn! Wreckless Journalism at its Finest! This article should be removed until both sides of the story are published.

    1. Did Big Easy do any research? Did you try to get the whole story? This looks more like gossip and bullying under the guise of journalism. Very disappointing.

  3. We the people of Jefferson Parish stand by Katie. The silent majority will no longer sit on the sidelines and allow this fake news

  4. It is pretty clear to me that the winking smiley face signifies that Katelyn was being sarcastic. I think your readers deserve the whole story. Where are the rest of the posts? Why would Big Easy just publish one side? Whose allegiance is Big Easy with? I do not think that a High School newspaper would post something this immature.

  5. Never believing anything published by this trash again. The more I read it. The more 1 sided it gets!!!

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