LSU student eyes Metro Council run, wants to legalize marijuana _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council elections are coming up in the fall of 2016, and many people are already putting their names in the race.

An 18-year-old LSU freshman wants to do more this year than make good grades and enjoy college — he wants to run for Metro Council, legalize marijuana and fast-track his political career.

Malcolm Dunn, from St. Charles Parish, was originally going to try to mount a run for mayor-president before he settled for the Metro Council District 5 seat. Erika Green temporarily stepped into the seat once councilwoman Ronnie Edwards was elected to the Louisiana Legislature in the fall of 2015.

Despite never having attended an East Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting before, Dunn said he’s confident that he can pick it up quickly. And that confidence extends to his lofty ideas for the city-parish, because he said “it shouldn’t be too difficult to pave roads.”

As for how to pay for those road improvements, given the city-parish’s tight budget, Dunn said the money will be found.

“If you’re the capital city of Louisiana, there should be plenty of money to go around,” Dunn said.

Dunn is a marketing major, and he said he’s sure that legalizing marijuana would be popular among Baton Rougeans. He said upper-class people might be hesitant to acknowledge the benefits of legalizing the drug, but that middle-class and lower-class people would lobby for it.

“The majority of people realize weed, it’s just an herb, it doesn’t really do much,” Dunn said.

Dunn brushed off politicians who don’t “represent the real people,” and he said he wants to help people and that he has good ideas.

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