A second bill legalizing medical marijuana has been filed in Kentucky’s legislature, the fifth marijuana-related legislation filed in this year’s General Assembly.
The first was sponsored by Rep. John Sims Jr., a Democrat from Flemingsburg; the second was filed by Republican Steve West, Rowan County’s state senator.
West’s bill was a companion to Sims’ and allows patients with certain medical diagnoses to obtain any form of marijuana.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined others at the state Capitol several weeks ago to promote the legalization bill that was introduced to the state House.
Rowan County Sheriff Matt Sparks said special interest groups and politicians can push for legalization, but at what point do they seek guidance from medical experts and ask law enforcement who deal with the drug on a daily basis?
“It just doesn’t make much sense to me,” Sparks said. “We don’t have any major medical groups condoning smoking marijuana and the facts show that inhaling the drug distorts your mind, memory, and is overall just an unhealthy act. Medical experts will tell you that marijuana has