Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In Kentucky

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Updated: 7/06/2012 12:07 am

Democratic Senator Perry Clark from Louisville introduced legislation today that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

The bill is titled the “Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act.”

It’s named for the late Lexington lawyer and perennial pro-parijuana candidate, Gatewood Galbraith.

A University of California study claims that medical marijuana helps ease cronic pain, and multiple sclerosis.

But the Family Foundation in Kentucky believes allowing marijuana for medical purposes will only lead to more problems.

“I'm fearful of this kinda being an instance opening the flood gates,” Andrew Walker, Policy Analyst with Family Foundation says. “And it sets a bad precedent for Kentucky.”

Walker adds that he doesn’t think the bill will pass.

“It will have to gain momentum from an outside state for Kentuckians to see that this could potentially work,” Walker comments. “But I don't see that happening.”

Even Clark admits the support will have to grow.

“ No, we do not have those votes,” Clark says. “In practicality here's how it works: democracy really works. The people have to rise up and demand from their senators and representatives.”

Clark hopes to gain enough support to bring the bill to the floor next year.
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Msgt Vance - 7/7/2012 10:21 AM
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This bill will also protect Kentucky's Veterans by allieviating their fear of harassment by the VA. A disabled Veteran's struggle goes on day after day and they bear it with dignity and without complaint. They deserve the best that our medical professionals can provide to make their lives as productive and their suffering as bearable as we can make it. The Veterans Administration is dedicated to doing this with all the tools it can muster. The VA does a remarkable job and is to be praised for it. The VA has even gone so far as to establish a policy regarding medical marijuana which relieves the patients from fear of losing their medical care if they test positive for medical marijuana in a VA urinalysis. Prior to this new policy, the VA would withhold medical care for patients testing positive, forcing them to choose between a medicine that works to relieve their suffering or VA medical care itself being withheld as some sort of punishment meted out only to medical marijuana users. Fortunately this unofficial policy has been ended and does not apply to Veteran medical marijuana users in States that have medical marijuana laws. This is some progress but it is not enough. It is time for the Veterans Administration to establish a program to provide medical marijuana to those Veterans who can benefit from what has proven to be an effective medicine for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic neuropathic pain. These conditions are common among wounded warriors and are only two of the many conditions medical marijuana is effective in treating. Veterans who suffer daily from the pain of their injuries deserve nothing less than our full dedication to easing their suffering. Medical Marijuana has been fully vetted in 17 states and the District of Columbia. It’s ability to positively affect medical outcomes for patients in a variety of illnesses is unquestioned. There is no logical, scientific or moral justification for not providing this medicine to those Veterans

malcolmkyle - 7/6/2012 5:33 AM
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Prohibition's underlying ideology is based wholly on fear, hate, envy, and greed - leading universally and invariably to abject failure, economic collapse, sickness and war. Ending prohibition would greatly reduce, even almost eliminate, the market in illegal narcotics, cause a reduction in the number of users and addicts, greatly curtail drug related illness and deaths, reduce societal harm from problematic abusers, and bring about an enormous reduction in the presence and influence of organized crime. The people who use drugs are our own children, our brothers, our sisters, our parents and our neighbors. By allowing all adults safe and controlled legal access to psychoactive substances, we will not only greatly reduce the dangers for both them and ourselves but also greatly minimize the possibility of 'peer-initiation' and sales to minors. Never have so many been harmed and impoverished by so few, so quickly. Prohibition is not just an extremely expensive accident. Like any harmful and completely ineffective policy, it was connived and implemented by immoral, malicious, fools. It cannot be ended soon enough. After many decades of drug-war-dystopia, don't we all deserve a healthy, safe and prosperous future? Just say no to prohibition-insanity, prohibition-corruption, prohibition-violence and prohibition-terrorism! "You saved the very foundation of our Government. No man can tell where we would have gone, or to what we would have fallen, had not this repeal been brought about." - Letter to the VCL (Voluntary Committee of Lawyers), 1933
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