Good For Our Economy And Our State

MSgt Vance Published:

Has it come to this?  Kentucky State Representative Robert Benvenuti claimed, at the recent House Health and Welfare Committee hearing on SB43 the Cannabis Compassion Act, that he could, “fill this committee room with first responders, law enforcement officers and parents of dead children based on the effects of marijuana!”  Are the arguments for continuing the prohibition of marijuana, even for the sick and disabled, so bereft of science and logic that our legislators must embarrass themselves with such ridiculous and inflammatory statements?
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed and implemented medical marijuana laws.  Two states have legalized marijuana for recreational uses.  Some of these laws have been in place for more than a decade and a half.  Surely the claims of those who would keep prohibition going would have surfaced by now.  Clearly, ending marijuana prohibition whether for industrial, recreational or medical use has not caused the collapse of the Republic!
What legalization will do is bring into the open the huge black market that currently exists.  It is estimated that 24 million Americans are regular marijuana users, and that half of all Americans have used marijuana at some time in their lives.  That probably accounts for recent polling showing just over half, 54% of Americans favor ending marijuana prohibition completely.  Kentuckians, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll favor allowing for medical marijuana by 78%. 
Here in Kentucky ending marijuana prohibition just for medical uses would stir millions in economic activity.  With the decline of the coal industry and the fact that the soil and climate of Eastern Kentucky is perfect for marijuana cultivation, passage of SB43 would create hundreds of jobs and agricultural opportunities.  We also have a reputation for growing some of the best marijuana in the world and we should capitalize on that reputation.  Most importantly, you will be bringing relief and security to those whose conditions will not let them wait for passage of this bill.  It will allow for control and regulation of the medical marijuana industry here in Kentucky which does not now exist.
Some have called for decriminalization as sort of a half measure, instead of legalization.   This just leaves all the bad things about prohibition in place.  Police will still be stopping people and pulling them over to look for marijuana.  Still be raiding houses because some schmuck shared a ¼ pound with his friends, (dealing), and sometimes raiding the wrong house and killing someone, as has happened all too often.  The Cartels will still be collecting the profits, controlling the price, the distribution and worst of all, the age of the customers, and Kentucky will collect no revenue.  I could go on but I think you get the picture.
Let’s think of the Cannabis Compassion Act, SB43, as a test.  It’s not full legalization and enough people will have access to marijuana, that if its passage is a bad idea it will become obvious pretty quickly and you can change or reverse the law if you want to.  The prohibitionists, the ones who want to keep prohibition going, have had 77 years to prove that prohibition works and they haven’t proven it yet.  How about you give those of us who believe prohibition was a mistake a chance to prove our point, that ending prohibition is a good thing?  How about passing SB43 the Cannabis Compassion Act?  You will be helping thousands of our citizen deal with their conditions and doing good for our economy and for our State.  

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  • Mo_Lazus you are a sick person!

  • ihate: "KY is the 2nd largest producer of marijuana..."

    What is the source of this claim?  I did a search and could find nothing more current than 2006 data which had KY 3rd behind California and Tenn., and CA produced a lot more than both KY and TN combined.  But that is old and I would contend very unreliable data.  The recent boom in the number of states that have decriminalized marijuana as well as the outright legalization of marijuana in CO and OR certainly make this old guesstimate irrelevant.  There simply is no way that KY is anywhere near the production of marijuana of these other states thesedays...but really, that is irrelevant too.

    All of your fear-based, doomsday scenarios are silly, or a "JOKE!!!!"  I understand your fear because of your own weaknesses, but really!

    And what exactly is your definition of a "STONER"?

    Legal medical marijuana is used for a vast number of maladies besides cancer, although that is certainly one of the most urgent and dire useages.

    We don't have to imagine what it would be like if KY were to leagalize marijuana, all that is necessary is to look at the states and nations that have already done so.

    And finally, a word of advice for when you are considering this subject, there are very few people who are as susceptable to drug abuse as you say that you are.  The vast majority of folks who use marijuana do so and have absolutely NO negative impacts on their bodies, minds, families, productivity or any other maladies or myths that you keep pointing at.  The fact is that you know hundreds of people who use marijuana, but you just don't know who they are, because they do so in private and there are no obvious indicators.  YOU are the anomolie, not the rule. Why should our drug policy be based on protecting you from yourself, when almost nobody else is as susceptable as the lowest common denominators?

    Some drugs may interfere with a person's ability to make healthy choices for themselves, but these folks stopped making healthy choices a LOOOONG time ago. They drink to excess, smoke cigarettes, eat really bad food, are overweight and don't exercise. Can we really protect them from themselves when they seem bent on self destruction?  Not hardly.

    ihate: "-funny how even the great obama said just the other day about his use and it was a bad vice, and he didnt want his daughters using it? Why is that?----"

    Well, that really is a very loose and obvioulsy right wing biased paraphrasing of what President Obama (not the "great obama") said: 

    "Transcript for President Obama: Marijuana No Worse Than Alcohol

    President Obama says he doesn't think pot as any more dangerous than alcohol he talks candidly about it in a new interview in The New Yorker. Mr. Obama says he doesn't encourage people to smoke.

    President Obama says he doesn't think pot as any more dangerous than alcohol he talks candidly about it in a new interview in The New Yorker. Mr. Obama says he doesn't encourage people to smoke marijuana and extols his daughter -- it's a bad idea." (Not a bad "vice"!)

    So, ihate the great, what did you expect the first black President of the United States to say publicly?  That he wants and encourages  his young teenaged daughters to start smoking pot?  And why stop there, noting the Negro's natural penchant for smoking crack, why not get them started on that now while they are still in the protective enclave of the White House, since it is just a matter of time before nature takes its course.  And let them have sleep overs with white boy friends too and allow unprotected sex...the more little mulatto babies the better, huh?


  • So that would be evident by an 40% increase in mental health cases in States that have medical or now recreational laws.  Ain't happened.  What did happen is back when Gordon was running for Prime minister in England, he began using marijuana as a scapegoat to get elected.  He called for marijuana to be rated as a more harmful drug than it currently was and for increaseing the penalties,  He made unsupported claims and used a bogus study to claim that marijuana causes schizophrenia.  Later after his campaign collapsed partly because most people knew better, the claim morphed to, 'marijuana causes mental problems in teenagers'   Thatis where the mental illness- marijuana claim came from.

    As to your claim that medical marijuana patients are just stoners lying to the Doc to get stoned, i'm sure there is some of that just as there are pain patients who lie to get drugs, however, the statistics show this.  In Holland where marijuana has been available to the population for 40 years the average Dutchman who uses marijuana is 54 years old and he uses it for medical reasons.  As Sgt Friday would say to the whitnesses, " Just the facts Mam, just the facts".     

  • Simple question.....Supposedly this marijuana is all about "medical" marijuana. So the question is; KY is the 2nd largest producer of marijuana, all this talk of the economic boom it will provide, about how it will end the black market for illegal marijuana, if medical marijuana is legalized. So I guess the author thinks only people in need of "medical" marijuana are the ones buying/using marijuana. What a joke!!!!! The vast, vast, vast majority of marijuana users are not cancer patients, they are STONERS wanting to get high!----funny how even the great obama said just the other day about his use and it was a bad vice, and he didnt want his daughters using it? Why is that?-----why isnt the american cancer society, the aids foundation, the american heart association out supporting medical marijuana if its so great?-----have you seen the study that shows smoking marijuana increases chance for mental illness by 40%-----have you seen one single study marijuana PREVENTS or CURES any illness; NO-----somebody has been puffing to much and inhaling deeply..

  • Where are the bodies, Representative Robert Benvenuti?