WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu June 19, 2014
Lawmakers Hear Impassioned Testimony Over Legalizing Medical Marijuana
State lawmakers heard Wednesday another round of impassioned testimony over legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
The legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare heard pleas from a nurse practitioner and people with disabilities who say that the drug, which is currently available for medicinal use in 22 states, would alleviate symptoms of pain.
Louisville Democratic Rep.Tom Burch says he thinks it’s just a matter of time before it’s legalized for medical use.
“I was here when we criminalized the use of marijuana back in the 70s," Burch said. "It was a rush to, you know, get these criminals off the street, and all this kind of stuff that was going on. It was ill advised, but it was a good election year and everybody wanted to be against crime, so that's why we passed it, so that a little bag of marijuana would get you five years."
The legislature will take up the issue again next month when it will examine the effects of marijuana on post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans.