Reaction mixed to proposed Kentucky bill to legalize marijuana

NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - A Louisville lawmaker is preparing to unveil legislation that he will introduce in next year's legislative session that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Democratic Sen. Perry Clark held a press conference in Frankfort Thursday to promote what he has dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act" in honor of the late Lexington attorney who was the state's leading proponent of marijuana legalization.

"Even if they get it legally through the system they could maybe give it out to other people and it could be used for other purposes than it was really intended for," said college student Michael Groenke. "I think that people may try to fake, that they actually need it."

Others supported the proposed bill.

"I've never really heard of anyone even impaired where its caused them a problem," said Covington resident, Ted Huddleston.

Galbraith, a perennial gubernatorial candidate, was also a proponent of lifting federal restrictions that prevent Kentucky farmers from growing industrial hemp.

Clark said he is promoting his bill some six months before the next legislative session in hopes of building support for it.

A similar measure failed in this year's legislative session.

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