Kentucky group opposes medical marijuana

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FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) A group of lawmakers and health care providers in Kentucky are making it known that they oppose legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

The group, that includes State Senator Robby Mills of Henderson, laid out their reasons during a news conference Wednesday in Louisville.

They say legalization should be based on science and research in order to protect public health. They also said if House bill 136 is passed, the state could be trading one drug crisis for another.

“Doctors are not involved,” said Vice President of Government Affairs, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Garth Van Meter, “Once somebody is given a medical marijuana card, it’s turned over entirely to the businesses and that’s where you have aggressive promotion and advertising and marketing to create a new generation of heavy users and captive customers.”

In the end, the group said the bill would create an addiction-for-profit business model.

That bill is now being debated in the State Senate.

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(This story was originally published on March 4, 2020)

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