Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville has been trying for years (unsuccessfully) to legalize medical marijuana. Now, he’s going a step further, with a bill that would allow Kentuckians to light up recreationally.
“It’s time for us to leap boldly into the future,” Clark said.
Sen. Clark’s bill would decriminalize and regulate the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana.
“It is not a hard drug. It is senseless that you have cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with heroin and LSD,” he said.
Like Colorado, licensed dispensaries would be allowed to sell marijuana to the public, generating, Clark says, millions in tax revenue.
“We have got to fix this pension issue. I know of no one that has come up with any kind of credible answer,” said Clark.
Clark’s answer is the so-called “Cannabis Freedom Act.” It would allow the sale of marijuana at licensed retail stores. Customers must be age 21 and over, though people under 21 could get marijuana if prescribed by a doctor. The bill allows possession of up to one ounce, and the private cultivation of up to five plants. There would be no smoking in public places.
“If Kentucky, as in Colorado and other states, can capitalize, bring some of that to the surface, shine the light of day on that, and benefit from that, why would we not at this point? We have criminalized people and vilified a plant that is actually, probably, benign and beneficial to us,” said Clark.