FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Could marijuana be a new Kentucky cash crop? One Kentucky Senator said he is going to push for a bill making that happen.
For years, Senator Perry Clark from Louisville has pushed for a Kentucky law that would allow the state's farmers to produce hemp. This year is no different. He's already pre-filed a bill to legalize medical marijuana. He said he's also going to speak with the state's agriculture commissioner about another bill aimed at growing the product. He believes the fact that two other states have already legalized it could help a similar measure here.
"I think when you look at the states who have already introduced medical marijuana, and now you've got decriminalization of marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado, you have five other states looking at the Washington, Colorado style laws and you have virtually every state that surrounds us looking at medicinal marijuana it's time for Kentucky to get on board," said Clark.
"Every generation must re-win its own freedoms." Gatewood Galbraith
By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent
On January 31st, legislation that would make cannabis a schedule II drug, thus legal for doctors to prescribe, was introduced in the Kentucky State Senate. Senate Bill 129, sponsored by Senator Perry B. Clark, D-Louisville, is being titled the "Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act".
Gatewood Galbraith was a prominent lawyer from Kentucky and an avid supporter of cannabis legalization. He dedicated over forty years to the restoration of the cannabis plant. Galbraith passed away last month from complications of pneumonia.
"Marijuana has positive medical benefits for patients dealing with illnesses like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS, to name a few," Senator Clark said. "I want to allow this as another treatment option for those individuals."
Senate Bill 129 would limit patients who are prescribed the drug from possessing more than five ounces per month. The patient could choose to fill their prescription at a board-certified pharmacy or to grow their own plants. Patients deciding to cultivate plants would be prohibited to no more than five at one time.