Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-11-29 22:54:42 –
Frankfort, Kentucky (LEX 18) —State representatives preliminarily submitted two bills on Monday to non-criminalize the personal use of marijuana in Kentucky.
Rep. Nimakulkarni (D-Louisville) has previously submitted a bill to amend the State Constitution, allowing Kentucky citizens over the age of 21 to own, use, buy, or sell up to an ounce of cannabis without criminal penalties. bottom. Kentucky citizens are also allowed to have up to 5 plants for personal use.
Constitutional amendments will need to be approved by the House and Senate during the upcoming 2022 session before going to voters in November next year.
Congressman Kurkarni’s second bill will force Congress to eliminate criminal penalties for possessing, growing, and / or selling small amounts of cannabis. The bill will also remove cannabis accessories from state drug legislation.
“”[These bills] I’ll tell you that Kentucky is moving forward, “she said.
Kulkarni knows that political winds may not be in favor of this next session, but said he would like to begin discussions on how marijuana legalization could make Kentucky a more equitable and successful state. rice field.
She cites an ACLU study from 2020, and despite similar marijuana usage, black Kentuckies are nearly 10 more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white Kentuckies. Showed to be twice as expensive.
Kungu Njuguna, policy strategist at ACLU-KY, said:
The ACLU is one of several organizations that cast support behind the bill previously submitted on Monday.
In a press release, the Secretary of State for the Prosperity of Americans in Kentucky “praises Congressman Kurkarni for introducing a bill that keeps Kentucky away from harmful policies that criminalize the use and possession of marijuana.” ..
In addition to dealing with racial inequality, Congressman Kurkarni provides mental and physical relief to “thousands of citizens,” from cancer patients to veterans suffering from PTSD, by legalizing marijuana. Said to provide. She also said it would generate credible income for the Commonwealth without tax increases.