FRANKFORT- Lawmakers were unable to get a bill passed this session for the legalization of Cannabis. A lot of behind the scenes progress that will lay the groundwork for a possible successful effort in the next session. The keys to victory are twofold according to the Legalize Kentucky Now organization and those are education of the bill and voters contacting their legislators.
Eastern Kentucky is an area hit hard by prescription pill abuse, heroin, meth, and other drug abuse. Officials who support the legalization of cannabis believe the passing of this bill and the legalization of cannabis will offer individuals a natural alternative to pain relief.
To help advance the education of this importation issue the Southern Cannabis Summit will be held in Louisville on June 10-11. The summit will bring together both medical and legal professionals to educate activist, lawyers, and medical professionals across the state on the benefits of legalized cannabis and maybe more importantly, the harms that keeping cannabis illegal cause both to individuals and society at large. If you would like to attend the summit for more information or to become an activist visit their website at southerncannabissummit.com for more information.
The second piece is an extremely popular issue with the public in every county, in every district in the state. For some reason politicians seem nervous of publicly supporting it. This is why it is important for those individuals who support the legalization of cannabis to contact your legislators and let them know that you will vote on this issue and support people who support it. The organization is hoping this constant drumbeat of public support becomes a crescendo close to the November elections and again in January when the next session starts. We live in a country where democracy is valued and every citizen has a right to vote and support causes important to them.
Legalize Kentucky Now is a Kentucky based non-profit organization looking to change the current status of Cannabis laws in Kentucky. More information about the organization is available online at www.legalizekentuckynow.com.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.