Kentucky should take medical marijuana bill seriously in 2013
Kentucky legislators have been dragging their feet for years on medical marijuana. Fortunately, rather than being discouraged, Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville) has vowed to keep working to persuade his colleagues. Sen. Clark has again introduced his bill, now known as SB 11, for the 2013 legislative session. Sen. Clark introduced similar legislation, SB 129, in 2012, when it generated significant media coverage but did not get a hearing and did not pass. Supporters of medical marijuana have already generated positive media coverage in 2013 with a Feb. 6 rally at the State House.
Please ask your elected officials to support allowing medical marijuana for seriously ill Kentuckians. Also, if you or a loved one suffer from a debilitating illness and could benefit from marijuana, or if you’re a medical professional, a law enforcement official, a clergy member, or a member of the legal community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can be of special help. Please include your address or nine-digit ZIP code.
Learn more about Kentucky's marijuana laws
Dubiously, Kentucky is tied for third in the nation in marijuana arrest rates and marijuana penalties for possession of one ounce. In 2007, Kentucky arrested a whopping 20,329 people for marijuana offenses. Please write to your legislators and ask them to stop arresting people for possessing marijuana or to end marijuana prohibition entirely. You can learn more about Kentucky’s marijuana laws by reading this report by economist Jon Gettman, Ph.D.
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