On Cannabis in Kentucky…
From My Desk:
I have been advocating for cannabis reform in Kentucky for over 10 years. I advocated for Medical Marijuana for 6 of those years. After introducing multiple patients, expert testimony, filed bills, and trying to explain the ‘Molecular Structure of a Cannabinoid’ to legislators who are all but doctors or scientists, I am convinced that we are only going to win this cannabis conversation by claiming it is MY RIGHT TO DECIDE! The legislature has repeatedly asked “What is Medical Marijuana?”. NO ONE CAN GIVE A CONSISTENT ANSWER!!! That is because ALL CANNABIS USE IS MEDICINAL!!! Opponents of ‘medical’ marijuana have Repeatedly claimed that they would rather see Adult Use regulation opposed to calling marijuana medicine. Cannabis is a Plant..not a product produced in a petrie dish in a laboratory!
I have personally asked mayors and chiefs of police in Colorado if we in Kentucky should advocate for medical or responsible use first..All loudly warned us to write a full legalization bill claiming there is too much red tape in medical.
The desperation and frustration of many advocates and patients in Kentucky has brought me to tears many times, but has made my resolve to end this prohibition in Kentucky even Stronger! I am more afraid that the desperation of our advocates will force them to support a ‘medical’ bill that will be inadequate and cause more confusion. I was told to “Never write a Bill that I was not willing to walk away from’…I simply cannot support the ‘medical’ bills as being introduced in our General Assembly. It will take years to correct the same language that other states have already found to be inadequate in serving their constituents. We cannot let misinformed politicians take control and write our legislation!
My main concern is just how many cannabis consumers will be disenfranchised with this Limiting legislation? Already we have seen that only ‘qualifying symptoms’ will be approved for ‘medical marijuana’…Not only does this disqualify people in need, but it puts the costs of the Entire ‘medical’ industry on the backs of the FEW who do qualify! On top of that, the legislature wants to put Kentucky’s pension woes on the backs of the ‘medical marijuana’ recipients! The price of legal ‘medical’ cannabis will be out of reach for most! This has not worked in other states and will not work for Kentucky. If that is not enough, home cultivation has been eliminated from the ‘medical’ bill. (Keep in mind that Kentucky adults can ‘Home Brew’ 100 gallons of alcohol per year, 200 gallons if there is more than one adult in the household!).
Smoking has been eliminated from the ‘medical marijuana’ bill. I believe smoking cannabis is the best form of self regulation (for me). It has immediate effects and I can determine how much I want to consume ONE draw at a time…
It will take 2-5 years to get a ‘medical’ program operating after passage. in the meantime folks are still being criminalized for using cannabis for WHAT EVER REASON!!! People’s lives are being ruined with a cannabis conviction! We continue to face incarceration, fines, criminal records, and public scrutiny. Parents lose child custody, qualified employees are being denied jobs, public housing opportunities are diminished, and the list goes on and on!
We as Adult Responsible cannabis consumers need to unite against this barbaric prohibition. We need to stand for ALL CANNABIS CONSUMERS….
ADULT RESPONSIBLE USE…… MEDICAL…
Over half of America live in a regulated state..We are Criminals if we consume in Kentucky! This must stop!
Join My Right To Decide and be a voice in Kentucky! Enough is enough!
Watch for the ‘Adult Responsible Use Act’ currently being revised!
* 21 and over
* Provisions for Dr/Minors
* Home cultivation 6/6
* Automatic Expungements for Cannabis Convictions up to
Class D Felonies
* Minority provisions for those interested in industry
I am over 21.
I pay taxes.
I help others in my community.
I don’t want to drink alcohol.
I don’t want pills.
Cannabis helps me.
IT IS MY RIGHT TO DECIDE!
Remember…WE are the people..Not They are the people..!
Dan Seum, Jr