FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is the topic of a hearing in Frankfort on Thursday.
A public forum was held with the Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection. The committee heard testimony on cannabis and public safety.
Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Police, the National Marijuana Initiative and Smart Approaches to Marijuana were representative to testify. There was also be an opportunity for people who wanted to give their opinion but are not scheduled to testify.
Sen. Dan Seum has said legalizing marijuana and taxing it could help the state dig out of the massive pension hole.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders says this situation isn’t just about the pension.
“My 40 years in law enforcement tells me this is not the savior,” says Sanders. “I’m not willing to risk my children and grandchildren’s health to save my pension.”
During the meeting a committee voted to send a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking for continued and accelerated research.
Departments including Kentucky State