Recreational Marijuana Use Would Be Legal in Kentucky if Bill Passes

A bill presented in the Kentucky State Senate would allow for the recreational use of marijuana.

The bill follows one pushed by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes that would legalize marijuana for medical use.

Sen. Dan Seum (R-Fairdale) held a press conference on Wednesday in Frankfort to announce the legislation. Spectrum News reports that Seum said that he used marijuana to recover from pain associated with a surgery, and that he encourages Gov. Matt Bevin to be open-minded to marijuana as a new revenue source.

The bill is Senate Bill 80. Seum said the proposal would create 15,000 new jobs and raise more than $100 million, WKYT reported. People 21 and up would be allowed legal access to the drug that is now legal in various corners of the country.

Kentucky is struggling to cover its budget and to address a state pension system that is struggling financially.

Legal pot would help with that, Seum said.

The proposal does not have widespread support in the General Assembly.

-Staff report

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