COVINGTON, Ky. —
Kentucky Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, has said he plans to introduce a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.
With that as a backdrop, members of the state’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, state workers and members of the public debated the pros and cons of marijuana legalization during a hearing in Frankfort on Thursday.
“I don’t think we can, in any way, try to make out people that are using it (marijuana), whether medical or any other way, as being criminal,” one lawmaker said.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders said, “I’m not willing to risk my grandchildren’s health to save my pension. I don’t think that’s the right way to go with this thing. And I think we’re guilty of sending a mixed message to our children. We remind them every day that they need to reduce their smoking habits. They need to stop drinking so much. And yet we’re trying to encourage them to smoke more pot.”
Pensions and pot are two topics rarely mentioned in the same sentence. But marijuana