Assembly Reconvenes to Consider Hemp And Medical Marijuana Bills

thomas vance Published:

The 2013 Assembly will reconvene on Monday February 4. Two of the bills they are considering are the Medical Marijuana Bill and the Hemp bill.

There are 18 states and the District of Columbia that currently have medical marijuana laws in place. Joining them with legislation pending are13 more, Kentucky of course, Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Vermont. As anyone can see the rush is on. Our farmers are chomping at the bit to get started.

This brings to mind two questions. What do we know about this legislation that the 18 States that have approved it might have missed, that says we shouldn’t approve the medical marijuana and hemp bills?

What exactly is keeping our legislators from allowing our citizens to grab their share of a market estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars?

As far as full legalization goes, Washington State and Colorado have this. Seeking to join them with pending legislation are Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Most of the states with medical bills and all with full legalization include some type of industrial hemp legislation.

I think it’s time for our legislators to be politically brave and forward thinking. The Federal Government does not have the last word on this according to the Controlled Substances Act. If it did, it would have acted by now. Kentucky has the reputation for growing the best marijuana in the country and we should embrace our history. It’s as though the California gold rush is just beginning and we are already at Sutters Mill but we will not allow ourselves to pan for gold while everybody else is!

If you support allowing Kentucky’s citizens to enjoy the benefits of medical and industrial marijuana then beginning Monday and all thru the session till it ends in March call the Legislative hotline at 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message for all the legislators to support and pass Sb11 the Medical Marijuana bill and HB50 the Hemp/Industrial Marijuana bill. The people there are very nice and will help you with your message. You can call continually as often as you want. Your fellow citizens realize the importance of these bills passing, not only to help our sick and disabled citizens but also to help Kentucky’s economic recovery. Now is the time to act. Our State is in need of our help! Let us move ourselves forward into the 21st Century on this issue.

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  • Those are some very strange metaphors...that says a lot. It is legal in 18 and pending in 13 more. It is just a matter of time. Just because there are states that are just as bassackwards as KY doesn't mean that we have to be last in everything. San Francisco is not open to nudity except on 3 small beaches. Unless you take your kids there, it is unlikely that they will get flashed by an old man on the park bench. But what is your point? Rape is a big kick for some in India, so why don't we just make rape legal too? These are substantive arguments? I don't think so...breath!

  • It’s as though the California gold rush is just beginning and we are already at Sutters Mill but we will not allow ourselves to pan for gold while everybody else is! Ye but gold doesn't make ya a big ole hippy stoner!!! puff puff pass Meth is relatively simple to make, and drug dealers are making tons of money off it to, so lets make it legal to I am sure there are some tweekers chomping at the bit ready to make it. What exactly is keeping our legislators from allowing our citizens to grab their share of a market estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars? hhmmm very interesting statement made by Mr. Vance, GOLD RUSH; tens of billions of dollars hhmmm so let the true colors come out thought this was for curing disease not making $$$$$$$$ Last post because I am tired of arguing with oxygen thieves !!

  • I'm back 1713.... So its legal in 18 states so that means its not legal in 32 states....If math serves correct 32 is larger than 18--------------So what if it's legal in 18 states doesn't mean we have to do it here. Maybe they are the 18 who made the mistake of passing it, not the 32 who haven't.---------Did you know in SF, California you walk naked on the streets. I am not sure if you have kids but how would you like to go to Juniper Hills Park taking your kids to swing only watch the naked man scratch his exposed testicles on the park bench? Maybe you would like to ride the city bus with the passenger next to you rubbing his hairy butt on your leg? Its legal in SF so heck why not make it legal here.--------In some cultures;countries you can beat your wife its legal, you can stone your wife for having an affair, you can cane people on public streets maybe we should make that legal to because they do it...What a stupid argument to try and make....Somebody else does it so we should to.

  • BTW, there are 13 other states with decriminalizing legislation pending besides the 18 that have already enacted them. This bill really isn't about "drugs" at all...it is only the KSP and other police agencies that are trying to make that connection. The police have no business in trying to effect official policy and laws...that is the business of the people and their elected representatives. The police are sworn to serve and protect based on the laws that we establish to keep order in our society, not to make policy and laws. We are not a full-on police state just yet.

  • Some Kentuckians are letting fear get in the way of SB 50. Do the research people, knowledge is power! SB 50 needs to pass. This issue has been studied and researched throughly, it is a no brainer. Contrary to belief, this isn't just about drugs as much as one would think. See why the oil companines among others have been against it in the past. Wake up!

  • Prohibition of marijuana is over in 18 states, including Colorado and Washington where even recreational use was legalized. And we all should say, good riddance because marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers $41.8 Billion a year. The only question is, "Who will be the last person to have their lives ruined in this failed war on some drugs?"

  • The industrial hemp bill is SB 50 (not HB 50). Please phone LRC and leave msg for ALL LEGISLATORS urging their approval of SB 50 in order for KY farmers to once again grow industrial hemp. Phone LRC and leave msg for ALL LEGISLATORS to support SB 11 to allow medical patients in KY to receive permission for medical marijuana.

  • "I think it’s time for our legislators to be politically brave and forward thinking.".......ha, ha, ha! This is Kentucky--there's no such thing here--"It’s as though the California gold rush is just beginning and we are already at Sutters Mill but we will not allow ourselves to pan for gold while everybody else is!" Yes! But like I said, this is Kentucky.......stupid and stubborn..........