UofL students rally to legalize medical marijuana


by Michelle Arnold


Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS11) -- The Red Barn at UofL went green Tuesday for the legalization of medical marijuana.

“Nineteen other states have done this and when they are passing the medical marijuana bills they are not doing it willy nilly.  They are doing it based on the best science that we have available to us now,” Senator Perry Clark said.

State Senator Perry Clark has introduced a bill. Now's he hoping to spread the word and break down barriers.

“We have such a great taboo on talking about cannabis the last 30 years. We are trying to bust those taboos and talk about cannabis as a medicinal plant. It is a medicinal necessary herb,” said Clark. 

“I have multiple sclerosis and it works much better than any pharmaceutical drug available to me,” Jaimie Montalvo said. 

Montalvo uses medical marijuana and he says legalizing it is about compassion for those who are in pain.

“If marijuana helps you, let us use it. It is our body. We aren’t hurting anybody else; we are using it for our own benefit,” said Montalvo.

But not everyone at the rally agrees.

“It's a gateway drug and it leads to other problems. Marijuana doesn't help society,” student Josh Arnwine said.

The battle continues, but to supporters-- the key is marijuana education.

“We are at a tipping point in this state and we are at a tipping point in this nation for a cannabis future. I say the time is now,” Senator Clark said.