Is Medical Marijuana Legalization Coming to Kentucky?

Gatewood Galbraith

Gatewood Galbraith

By Anne Holland

Before the Federal Government banned hemp growing, Kentucky was one of the top producing states in the nation – making it the green grass state. Seems that the climate and terrain are perfect for cannabis cultivation. Yesterday, Kentucky State Senator (D) Perry Clark announced he was introducing a bill to make marijuana legal for medical purposes only. This new bill won’t be voted on until the next Kentucky legislative session which starts in January 2013. http://www.lex18.com/news/state-senator-clark-moves-to-legalize-medical-marijuana

Bills of this nature have been voted down in Kentucky before, including one this year, in part because local police leaders have spoken out against them. Senator Clark is hoping that by giving his announcement a six-month runway, it will achieve lift-off this time around. He’s also tied in the image of a beloved, recently deceased public figure — calling his proposed bill the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act.

Only problem, along with being a hemp activist, friend of Willie Nelson, and well-known lawyer Gatewood Galbraith (pictured here) never had much luck in politics. He ran and lost the Kentucky gubernatorial race a total of five times.

Can the bill succeed? Not without education of both the politicians and the police force. Senator Clark is on record saying, in part, that he thinks people should be free to make medicine from a seed they can plant in the ground. We can think of other seeds you can plant that would make a good argument against that. The local police, in the meantime, have said they can’t imagine how they’d enforce the law because in part it would be too confusing to figure out which cannabis was legal versus not. Other states, such as Colorado, have made good headway in creating systems that clear up such confusion.

5 comments on “Is Medical Marijuana Legalization Coming to Kentucky?
  1. Huh on

    Well you sure do know what’s legal and what’s not ,,, ah it’s a little thing they have nowadays it’s called RECEIPT. And when you have legal there I’d a set amount laid down in the law .
    All the cops want is to keep the free federal funds rolling , you know for those chanengers and mustangs.

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  2. David Calvo on

    As a long standing researcher into the value of medical cannabis, I can positively say that the value that society receives far outweighs the negative propaganda that has been perpetrated by the U S Government in support of illegally Legislated Laws that gamed the system to protect ALL the Corporation s in the Oil Industry, the Clothing Industry, the Plastics Industry. There are many more beneficiaries that will be named later as the TRUTH is unearthed.

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  3. Terry on

    Please would someone do the research and name names, dates,lobbyists,politicians, companies and industries who benefit from this prohibition.You really have to be insane not to see this.And I don t even use mjna

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  4. Caliber44 on

    The U.S. Patent Office issued patent #6630507 to the U.S.Health and Human Services filed on 2/2/2001. The patent lists the use of certain cannabinoids found within the cannabis sativa plant as useful in certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and HIV dementia. Since cannabis sativa (marijuana) contains compounds recognized and endorsed by an agency of the U.S. government- Why is it that marijuana remains on the Federal Schedule One list of drugs? The issuance of patent #6630507 is a direct contradiction of the governments own definition for classification of a Schedule 1 drug.
    US Patent 6,630,507 Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants
    “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”… The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value. That classification contradicts mounds of evidence showing marijuana to be a very safe and effective medicine. Marijuana is more effective, much less expensive, and much safer than many drugs currently used in its place. Marijuana can provide excellent relief for those who suffer from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, insomnia, and depression.
    SO WHY IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STILL AGAINST LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY KNOW WHAT MEDICINAL PROPERTIES IT HAS, AND THAT IT IS A MEDICINE AND NOT A HARMFUL DRUG ?? GREED, AND CORRUPTION ARE THE ONLY ANSWERS !! YES !! LEGALIZE FOR RECREATIONAL USE IN KENTUCKY AND ALLOW EVERYONE WHO SO WISHES TO GROW THEIR OWN FOR FREE AND WITHOUT PROSECUTION !!!

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