Quantcast

Kentucky Senator Files "Cannabis Freedom Act" - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

Kentucky Senator Files "Cannabis Freedom Act"

Posted: Updated:
AP Images AP Images

Senator Perry B. Clark of Louisville announced Friday that he has pre-filed the “Cannabis Freedom Act,” which would regulate the use of cannabis in Kentucky just as alcohol is regulated.

The press release from Senator Clark stated that the bill would repeal the Commonwealth’s current total prohibition on marijuana cultivation, possession and sale. Senator Perry says the bill would replace the current prohibition with a framework that would “promote public safety and responsible cannabis consumption by persons over 21 years of age.”

 “It is abundantly clear to me that cannabis, while being much less harmful, should be treated the same as alcohol,” said Clark. “The Cannabis Freedom Act is an outline on how to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older in Kentucky. It is time for this discussion in our Commonwealth.”

The act creates a three-tier licensing system which would separate and regulate cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers independently to prevent monopolization and vertical integration.

The tax revenue generated from the legal cannabis sales would be added to a restricted fund set up to increase SEEK funding for Kentucky’s public schools. The tax revenue would provide needs-based scholarships to Kentucky students who want to attend public institutions of post-secondary education within Kentucky. It would also increase funding for “evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs, provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to purchase protective equipment and would provide additional revenue to the general fund,” according to the press release.

Clark believes that this is a “common sense proposal” and it would move Kentucky in a positive direction.

This bill will be considered during the 2016 Legislative Session which will convene on Tuesday, January 5. 

WEATHER
MaxTrack Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Missing Tennessee Teens Could Be In Ky

    Missing Tennessee Teens Could Be In Ky

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 11:59 AM EST2018-01-17 16:59:31 GMT

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children along with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office (Tennessee) are asking for the public’s help to locate 2 missing children who might be in Kentucky. Kayla, 17, and her sister Brooke, 14, went missing from Springfield, Tennessee on January 12, 2018. Brooke has red hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 128 pounds. Kayla has brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 134 poun...

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children along with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office (Tennessee) are asking for the public’s help to locate 2 missing children who might be in Kentucky. Kayla, 17, and her sister Brooke, 14, went missing from Springfield, Tennessee on January 12, 2018. Brooke has red hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 128 pounds. Kayla has brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 134 poun...

  • Jackson Co. Father Charged With Murder Of His Son

    Jackson Co. Father Charged With Murder Of His Son

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:29 AM EST2018-01-17 15:29:52 GMT

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A Jackson County man has been charged with murder in the death of his son. Police say that Larry Gabbard, 62, was involved in an altercation with his son Jason R. Gabbard at a home of KY 89. Jason was shot and later died from his injuries. Larry was arrested and now faces a murder charge.

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A Jackson County man has been charged with murder in the death of his son. Police say that Larry Gabbard, 62, was involved in an altercation with his son Jason R. Gabbard at a home of KY 89. Jason was shot and later died from his injuries. Larry was arrested and now faces a murder charge.

  • Electric Bills Skyrocketing For KU Customers

    Electric Bills Skyrocketing For KU Customers

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:55 PM EST2018-01-17 00:55:34 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Electric bills are skyrocketing for some KU customers and with more arctic air expected this week, relief isn't coming anytime soon.

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Electric bills are skyrocketing for some KU customers and with more arctic air expected this week, relief isn't coming anytime soon.

Powered by Frankly

© LEX18.com 2018, LEX18.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?