Kentuckians anxiously awaiting passage of Senate Bill 129 the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act, were again disappointed by the failure of Senate Judicial Committee Chairman Senator Tom Jensen to bring the bill up for consideration during the 15 march 2012 committee hearing. Senator Jensen although asked, has as of yet failed to communicate to the citizens as to his reasons for not calling up the bill.
Given the fact that rescheduling marijuana from schedule I dangerous and having no medical value to schedule II dangerous but having medical value receives a national poll rating of 81% approval, and that the idea of rescheduling has been vetted in 16 states and Congress, it is hard to imagine what legitimate argument Senator Jensen can come up with to justify his obstructionism on this issue. The national poll rating also indicates a majority of Kentucky's citizens also favor the idea of medical marijuana.
Supporters have been lighting up the phones and internet trying to convince their legislators to quickly pass this bill and not force our sick and disabled citizens to spend another year having to choose between getting the medicine they sorely need and breaking the law or bowing to law and order and suffering unnecessarily for another year. More tragically some of our people, those fighting cancer, might not be around next year when the Assembly convenes. It is thought that there is enough support that were 129 not being held up it just might pass this year. I have yet to hear a science or logic based argument against medical marijuana laws, or even full legalization, that can pass an honest baloney test.
The Federal Government has known since 1974 that marijuana is an effective anti cancer agent. The Medical College of Virginia, at the request of the Government conducted experiments that showed the administration of marijuana's primary cannabinoid THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent." How long is the Government going to wait before it announces a change in marijuana policy as a result of this investigation?
Kentucky has one of the highest cancer rates in the Nation. Kentucky's legislators armed with the knowledge of marijuana's anti cancer properties should be stepping over themselves to make this effective medicine available to our sick and disabled citizens. Kentucky's universities and research facilities should be leading the way in discovering all the secrets of marijuana, it's active ingredient tetrahydracannabinol and it's relationship to the human endocannabinoid system.
When will common decency and doing the right thing finally outweigh our irrational ideology driven worship of the policy of prohibition? That answer can only come from our legislators who above everything else are elected to "do the right thing' by the citizens. In this case the right thing is to make available as fast as possible to Kentucky's citizens, especially those in a life ending fight with cancer, this effective and safe medicine. Kentucky should opt out of Washington's irrational war on marijuana users and pass Senate bill 129 the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act.