A movement is afoot in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to bring medical marijuana to patients who desperately need it. The Marijuana Policy Project recently sent an email to all of their Kentucky supporters – of which I am one – alerting them to these new developments and urging action.
Kentucky is the newest entry in the growing list of states considering medical marijuana legislation. Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville) has introduced SB 129, a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with debilitating illnesses and reschedule marijuana under state law. There are some technical problems with the language in the bill vis-à-vis federal law, but those issues can be worked out through amendments down the road.
For now, it’s important that you write your state legislators and urge them to support this compassionate measure. Using our simple one-click email system, it’ll take you less than 30 seconds to send an email now.
The bill is known as the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act, after the late Gatewood Galbraith, a five-time gubernatorial candidate and outspoken proponent of ending marijuana prohibition. Galbraith would be delighted to see the passage of effective medical marijuana legislation in the Bluegrass State, but not as happy as the thousands of patients in Kentucky living with conditions that marijuana can safely and effectively treat.
Gatewood would be delighted to see this attempt at medical marijuana legalization in his home state, something that wouldn’t even be possible without the groundwork he laid from one end of the state to the other. While it’s not likely to pass anytime soon, every state has to start by getting a dialogue going among legislators and voters.
If you live in KY it’s imperative that you let your state representative know how you feel about medical marijuana, as I’m going to.