According to a Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll which asked voters whether they favored or opposed medical marijuana in Kentucky 52 percent were in favor and 37 percent were opposed. Support was highest in the 18-34 age group, which isn’t shocking considering that tends to be the case in just about every poll in most states. Support was the lowest among older voters (65 and older), which also is not a shock, especially in Kentucky.
“That is a trend that is developing nationwide. It’s actually on the ballot to be voted on in Florida,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said last week. “There does seem to be in the public a growing awareness that the medical marijuana issue is different from the drug issue, legalizing the drug for recreational purposes.”
I dream of a day when states like Kentucky get a real medical marijuana bill passed. By real, I mean one that allows home cultivation, allows safe access points where patients who can’t grow can buy their meds, and that there are no ‘CBD only’ restrictions. I also hope that anyone who is suffering can get approved for medical marijuana, not just those on a very small list.
I like that there are so many states that have medical marijuana programs now, but so many of them ban home grows, don’t allow enough safe access points (if any at all), and have such strict qualifying condition lists. More states need to adopt a model like Oregon’s, rather than adopt a model like New Jersey. I understand that some concessions have to be made in order to get the bill/initiative passed, but keep in mind that there are people suffering, and they should be able to use a form of medicine that is safe and effective.