Ky. lawmaker prepares to unveil medical marijuana proposal

Published: Jul. 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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 scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. EDT 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.

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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