Lexington, KY—A family group today questioned the unveiling of Sen. Perry Clark's "medical marijuana bill," named after Gatewood Galbraith, a long-time advocate for the legalization of marijuana, who passed away in January.
"Respectfully, this bill is an opportunistic gimmick," said Andrew Walker, an analyst with The Family Foundation. "We can all respect the memory of Mr. Galbraith and the opinion of Sen. Clark, but the death of Mr. Galbraith does not legitimize the need to made medical marijuana legal.
The bill would make marijuana, or "medical cannabis," legal for those deemed to meet the proper requirements by doctors.
"In states where medical marijuana laws are on the books, 'jet lag' and 'stress' become qualifying ailments that allow for medical marijuana," Walker said. "Over and over, spurious claims show that medicinal marijuana laws become subject to blatant and rampant abuse."
"Our Commonwealth has greater problems than not allowing people to smoke marijuana," added Walker, "and everyone knows that, except maybe those people who are smoking the wrong stuff."
Walker noted that the press conference focused on the medical benefits of marijuana, but also about the issue of liberalizing current laws to make marijuana generally available.
"We don't mean to impugn the motives of those in attendance, but individuals in favor of medicinal marijuana are rarely in opposition to the legalization of the drug outright. We have deep concern on the precedent this would set for the Commonwealth," said Walker.