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NKY Lawmakers to Weigh Cons of Medical Marijuana Proposal

A former drug policy adviser to presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama will speak in opposition to the concept of legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky.

Kevin Sabet, now president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, will testify before the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations on Friday, September 14, at 10 a.m. in Frankfort.

Sabet was invited by State Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, a Taylor Mill Republican who said the guest would offer "thoughtful consideration of all issues surrounding legalization of this Schedule I drug as a medicine."

“There are scientific discussions which we should consider, as well as societal impact,” said Moser, who co-chairs the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee and serves on the Northern Kentucky Drug Policy Board. “We should not ignore what we can learn from states who have legalized, nor should we ignore the fact that most medicines are plant based and have undergone rigorous study before being approved by the FDA, our current approval process.”

Moser was previously the Northern Kentucky Drug Policy director.

At the committee’s Aug. 24 meeting, legislators heard from individuals in favor of medical marijuana, so this month’s meeting is, in part, a rebuttal of the earlier testimony. Committee Co-chair, Sen. John Schickel, a Republican from Union, said he is approaching the meetings with an open mind.

“We need a thorough discussion of all the facts surrounding medical marijuana," said Schickel, R-Union. “There is much interest in the concept. There is no doubt, however, that the subject needs careful examination before policy decisions are made.”

From the Legislative Research Commission