Grimes: Voters will remember lawmakers who ignore medical marijuana issue

03/14/2018 01:46 PM

FRANKFORT — As the House Judiciary Committee stalled on hearing a bill allowing the medical use of marijuana for certain qualifying conditions, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes warns lawmakers to ignore the issue at their own peril.

Grimes, D-Kentucky, placed the blame at the feet of House Judiciary chair Joe Fischer, R-Campbell, in a tweet sent Wednesday afternoon. Grimes said while the bill stalled thanks to Fischer’s non-action in committee.

The Secretary of State sees the most progress a marijuana bill has made in the legislature thus far — but warned that lawmaker opposing the bill would lose at the ballot box.

“I know the legislation is right, but the makeup of Frankfort must change,” Grimes said in a statement. “In November, voters will remember the lawmakers who ignore the pleas of ailing Kentuckians.”

Grimes has been working with House Bill 166 sponsor, Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, in an effort to find legislation that patients, advocates and lawmakers can agree on.

“While House Bill 166 stalled today because of Chairman Fischer’s failure to call it for a vote, our advocacy continues,” Grimes told supporters on Wednesday. “We have made more progress on medical cannabis in this session than ever before, but we will not stop until it becomes legal in Kentucky.”

“We will not accept defeat as the final answer for medical cannabis because there are far too many Kentuckians suffering,” she continued. “They are veterans with PTSD, people with cancer, children with severe epilepsy and moms battling Parkinson’s. Medical cannabis can provide revenue our state desperately needs, be an antidote to our opioid epidemic, and help save lives.”

Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, told Pure Politics on Tuesday that he has worked with the bill sponsor and made tweaks to the legislation — he feels the votes are there in the House to pass the bill — if leadership allows it to be called.

Grimes is term-limited as Secretary of State, and has not announced her future political plans.

Nick Storm

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  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on March 15, 2018 09:24 AM :

    Although Alison Lundergan Grimes is right about medical marijuana, she is an unindicted felon who should be in a federal prison today for felony election fraud & for violating my First Amendment rights over a period of at least 3 years. She’s a member of a conspiracy with 120 other corrupt Kentucky “Democrats.”

    Geoff Young (D) Drops Peaceful, Legal Bomb on Kentucky “Democratic” Party

    Please contact U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr. at the Lexington Main Phone Number: (859) 233-2661 – and leave a message asking him to empanel a federal grand jury to decide whether to indict these 121 suspects.

    Media Release – For Immediate Release – March 11, 2018 – Lexington, KY

    Geoff Young (D) Requests the Indictment of 121 Ky. Dems for Felony Election Fraud

    On 2/22/18, Geoff Young, the first Democrat to file to run for the U.S. House seat that is now occupied by Andy Barr ®, mailed an “Official, Notarized Criminal Complaint Against Certain Powerful Democrats for Ongoing Election Fraud and Violations of Geoff Young’s Constitutional Rights (Federal and Kentucky)” to the U.S. Attorneys for Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, and the FBI. He suggested that they might want to convene a grand jury to decide whether to indict 121 powerful Kentucky Democrats, including the following people:

    1. Ben Self, Current Chairperson of the Kentucky “Democratic” Party (lives in Fayette Co.)
    2. Sannie Overly, former Chair of the KDP from 1/30/16 to 11/11/17
    3. Patrick Hughes, former Chair of the KDP from 2/6/15 to 1/30/16
    4. Dan Logsdon, former Chair of the KDP from 2010 to 2/6/15
    5. Mary Nishimuta, Executive Director of the KDP (Scott County, I believe)
    6. Charlotte Flanery
    7. Ronnie Bastin
    8. Mark Barnard
    9. Reggie Thomas
    10. Amy McGrath
    11. Jim Gray
    12. Adam Edelen
    13. Jack Conway, former Attorney General of Kentucky
    14. Steve Beshear, former Governor of Kentucky
    15. Attorney General Andy Beshear
    16. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
    17. The Kentucky Young Democrats and whoever was Chairperson on 8/26/17
    18. The College Democrats of Kentucky and whoever was Chairperson on 8/26/17
    19. George Russell, Franklin Co. Chairperson and member of State Board of Elections
    20. Albert B, Chandler III, member of State Board of Elections
    21. Donald W. Blevins, member of State Board of Elections
    22. Maryellen Allen, former Executive Director of the State Board of Elections
    23. Greg Copley, Attorney General’s Office
    24. Barbara Whaley, retired from Attorney General’s Office
    25. Shawna Kincer, Attorney General’s Office
    26. Jon Salomon, Esq.
    27. Adam K. Neel, Esq.
    28. Kristin E. McCall, Esq.
    29. Mark Guilfoyle, Esq.
    30. Jennifer A. Moore, Esq.
    31. Abigale Rhodes Green, Esq.
    32. Bailey Roese, Esq.
    33. Christie A. Moore, Esq.
    34. Matt James, Assistant Attorney General
    35. Clint Morris, Chairperson of the Fayette County “Democratic” Party

    50. Donna Moore Campbell

    55. Angela Evans
    56. Chris Ford
    57. Denise Gray

    59. Josh Hicks

    66. Bob McNulty
    67. Josh Mers

    76. Alayne White

    The State Central Executive Committee of the KDP and all of its voting members.

    Young also has a federal lawsuit pending against the KDP and FCDP for election fraud, which is now before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Young stated: “This criminal conspiracy has been continuing to violate my freedom of speech, the KDP Bylaws, and Kentucky election laws, even while my civil lawsuit is still pending against them. They don’t seem to take election fraud seriously.”

    He concluded, “It will be up to federal law enforcement authorities to determine whether to prosecute the conspiracy for federal crimes first, or wait until my civil lawsuit is finally resolved.”

    Young’s 67-page Criminal Complaint is available via Dropbox using this URL:

    For more details or to arrange an interview, please contact:

    Geoff Young for Congress
    (859) 278-4966
    Campaign web site:

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