Bill in Gatewood's name would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky

02/15/2012 09:27 PM

Democratic Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville is pushing a bill to legalize medical marijuana and named it in honor of Kentucky’s most famous advocate for decriminalizing the drug, the late Gatewood Galbraith.

Called the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act, Clark’s bill would legalize the sale of up to five ounces of marijuana a month to individuals who are prescribed the drug to ease pain.

Galbraith, who died last month, advocated for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. He also argued during his five runs for governor over the last 20 years that the drug should be decriminalized but regulated and taxed.

Perry explained the reasoning for the bill:

Sixteen states , as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The Ohio and Indiana legislatures are considering it as well.

And Clark said some of his colleagues have said they could be for it if it can make it through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

By the way, here’s how Galbraith described his position on marijuana starting with his 1991 run for governor:

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