Kentucky senator says marijuana should be regulated like alcohol
Kentucky Senator Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) pre-filed a bill Friday to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult recreational consumption in the state, as reported by ABC affiliate WHAS11.
The “Cannabis Freedom Act” would legalize marijuana cultivation, possession and sales in Kentucky and would regulate the marijuana industry similar to the alcohol industry.
“It is abundantly clear to me that cannabis, while being much less harmful, should be treated the same as alcohol,” said Clark. “The Cannabis Freedom Act is an outline on how to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older in Kentucky. It is time for this discussion in our Commonwealth.”
The measure would create a three-tier licensing system designed to separate cannabis cultivators, processors and retailers in order to prevent “monopolization and vertical integration” within the industry, according to a LEX18 report.
Tax revenues from the marijuana industry would go toward funding public schools, needs-based scholarships for post-secondary education and other state programs.
This bill will be considered during the 2016 Legislative Session which will convene on Tuesday, January 5.