Actively, since 2012, the State of Kentucky has had various Cannabis Bills in the Legislature. Before that we had Gatewood Galbraith in all of his glory, who tried, unsuccessfully through a number of elections to help turn this State around. Unfortunately most of the people who would have voted for him didn’t have voting rights in Kentucky and the ones who did voted for their own pockets.
The Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act went absolutely nowhere in 2012 after his death.
There has only been one Cannabis related medicine that has been approved via Kentucky Legislature, and that was when SB 124 was signed by the Governor in 2014.
Legislators did make an effort to help some seriously ill patients who could benefit from cannabidiol (“CBD,” a non-psychoactive component of marijuana). On Thursday, April 10, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a proposal that is intended to allow patients to use CBD if directed to do so by a physician. LINK
Many Kentucky Citizens, Patients, Parents, Students, Veterans and others have spent countless travel hours, time at the State Capitol and expense dollars to try to talk their way into getting the Senators, Representatives and the Governor to give them some legal relief. Some little bit of understanding and compassion that they could latch onto for hope. But it never comes.
There have been a few Senators and Representatives that have stepped up and did their part, and then some, when they filed Bills that should have received much more attention than they did in Frankfort.
Today, an article was published on Kentucky.Com that reiterated Gov. Matt Bevins stance on adult use Cannabis.
“There’s not a chance that I would sign a legalization of recreational marijuana,” he said.
However, he also pointed out that he believes that “There is incredible medicinal value associated with cannabis,” as he spoke candidly about the loss of his teenage Nephew to Cancer. He even became emotional about the subject…just in time for the upcoming Election this year in Kentucky, where he will once again make promises he does not intend to keep – at least in my opinion.
In Gov. Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth address he made no mention of Cannabis, neither medical or otherwise. However, in the Kentucky Chamber Day Dinner in January he did express his views on medical marijuana. According to what he said he leans toward a very narrow and strict medical marijuana law if any, and definitely not a pro-recreational or adult use legalization.
So rather than to take the Bull by the horns and legalize it into a regulated commodity that everyone would buy and agree to let it be controlled by the Government, just as long as they could get some of it for themselves, the Governor chooses to stand firm, like a Bull, and deny any type of adult use legalization and as well hasn’t approved any kind of medicinal marijuana either with the exception of the CBD bill. I’m not sure how to take that because you would think that the Government would be all about control of the masses through legalization, however, in this case at least, they choose to just flat out deny us. Period. Even though the people are begging to be regulated!
The black market will continue to thrive in Kentucky so long as this commodity goes unregulated in the open market.
At this point in time, my personal favorite is SB 82, Sponsored by Jimmy Higdon, it is a decriminalization Bill which asks to make personal possession a pre-payable non-criminal fine. It applies to everyone living in the State. It would be easily implemented. It is a starting point – although we shouldn’t still be at the “starting point”.
Kentucky is mastering hemp farming and we should be mastering medical and adult use marijuana as well.
I would prefer to have seen a repeal on Cannabis prohibition at the Federal level before now – but it hasn’t happened yet and States DO have rights.
I could learn to live with the medical marijuana initiative if it were passed with the best of intentions for all people and patients in this State. But I cannot see that happening at least in the short term. It could take years to organize an operational program of that magnitude and intense oversight. Where are the people who will manage and work these establishments going to come from? We cannot even get enough nurses and clerical workers here fast enough.
Unfortunately for us, it isn’t just about marijuana anymore!
There are a number of other issues in Kentucky which deserve our attention as well.
*Severe drug abuse issues such as heroin.
* Women’s abortion rights.
*Water access and purification.
*Healthcare and access to appropriate pain management.
*Unlicensed concealed carry.
*Human trafficking and child abuse.
The list goes on and on.
Kentucky has been a mecca for marijuana for 100 years – just go ahead and legalize it and tax the recreational use and put that money toward more important issues. Everybody already uses Cannabis in Kentucky anyway so why pretend that you can stop it?
Pass both the medical Cannabis, recreational, AND the decrim bill. All avenues will be covered in that the decrim will pick up and give a little relief while we wait implementation of the recreational and medical bills.
People all over the U.S. need some relief and hope. Especially in Kentucky.
@Gov. Matt Bevin, show us what you are really made of!