Colo. and Wash. approve legalization of marijuana, could Ky. be next?


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 7:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- It's a first, in  two states, Colorado and Washington, voters approve the legalization of recreational pot. It has long been talked about in Kentucky, so could this soon become a reality in the Commonwealth?

It’s an issue that draws both support and disapproval.
"I think that here in Kentucky we make a lot of money based on tobacco anyway and I am sure that we could in turn, make money on marijuana as well, " said Torrence Williams.
"I don’t think it could do any good. I think if people want it, they will get it anyway," said Hanks Reynolds.

Talk of legalizing marijuana in Kentucky is nothing new, but could that talk actually gain footing now that more states are legalizing it for medicinal and now recreational usage?
"I think it could happen. I think it opens people's eyes and they begin to think, why are they doing this," said State Senator Perry Clark.
Clark is an advocate for industrial hemp. He thinks the legalization of marijuana has more support than ever before when it comes to medicinal and industrial use.
"It’s time to have that conversation. Why are they doing this? Because it's sound based science and medicine at this point," said State Senator Perry Clark.
Clark says he has already profiled a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal use. And this year he thinks he has far more support.
"It's a place for discussion. It's a starting point for a discussion and I think its time for us to look at this as adults," said State Senator Perry Clark.
For years it was Gatewood Galbriath that led the campaign to legalize industrial hemp, now actions from other states could make it a reality.