Friday, October 27, 2017

Let people decide marijuana policy

Kentucky's marijuana controversy is headed for a nasty collision if we just sit back and let it happen.

"A lot of people want government to crack down on marijuana use, a lot of people want it to be available for people who have medical needs for it and a lot of people just want to be left alone to use it when they want to," Rep. Dan Johnson (R-Bullitt County) said. "We need a compromise that works for everyone and I think I have a pretty good idea."

Rep. Johnson is filing a bill for the 2018 General Assembly which would allow local jurisdictions to hold local option elections to decide whether to allow marijuana growth, possession and distribution.

"The population is split on marijuana, but it's clear that the momentum is headed toward growing and using it legally in Kentucky," Johnson said. "There is lots of disagreement about how or even whether we should do this. The best solution is to let each county decide on their own."

"This approach would allow us to have up to 120 different approaches to an issue that clearly isn't one size fits all," Johnson said. "Some counties won't touch it and some will transform their economies on an agricultural product with worldwide demand."