Kentucky legislature considers legalization of medical marijuana

Kentucky rests smack in the buckle of the Bible Belt, but the Bluegrass State could soon join 16 other states defying federal law with the legalization of medicinal marijuana.

On Jan. 31, Sen. Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) introduced SB129, which would make marijuana a schedule II drug in the Commonwealth. Under the proposed law, patients with a valid prescription from a medical doctor could possess not more than five grams of marijuana in a month and could legally cultivate no more than five cannabis plants for personal medical use in Kentucky.

The bill designates the legislation the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act in honor of the four-time gubernatorial candidate. A well-known political figure in Kentucky, Galbraith championed individual rights over his long political career.

“We’re going to take the government out of your bedroom, your bloodstream, your brain, your bladder, your business, your billfold, your back pockets, your bingo halls and your Internet bulletin boards,” he said in a 1995 campaign speech.

Galbraith was an outspoken advocate of marijuana and industrial hemp legalization.

“All we want to do is what’s right for the people,” he once quipped.

Galbraith died last month at the age of 63.

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NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Another Step in Virginia

On Friday, February 10th, the Committee of Courts of Justice in the Virginia House of Delegates voted in favor of House Bill 1160 (HB1160) – unanimously. The final vote was 16-0 with 2 abstaining.

The legislative goal of HB1160 is to codify in Virginia law noncompliance with what many are referring to as the “kidnapping provisions” of section 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The official summary of 1160:

“A BILL to prevent any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”

HB1160 is sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall and was introduced on 01-16-12. It previously passed out of Sub-Committee #2 Civil, by a vote of 6-3. After a series of action alerts by the Tenth Amendment Center nationally, and a number of supporting groups locally – Courts of Justice committee members heard from the people they represent that a full house hearing and vote to reject the NDAA is what they wanted.

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