The Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act has been pre-filed in the Kentucky legislature; it’s a bill that seeks to legalize medical marijuana in the state and set up a dispensary system for qualified patients. The bill’s sponsor is Democrat State Senator Perry Clark of Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city.
State Sen. Clark: “This is not a conservative issue or a liberal issue; it’s an issue of compassion. Countless studies show that marijuana is effective at treating pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms. If it was my family member, I would do anything to relieve their suffering.”
Wise words, but likely to fall on deaf ears in a conservative state like Kentucky. Medical marijuana gets great poll numbers nationwide, but there are still less than half of the states with legal protections for medical marijuana patients. Poll numbers are taking a long time to translate into actual laws in some states.
It will be a long road, and one to get started on sooner rather than later, for the sake of all the patients in KY who could benefit from cannabis.