Kentucky: Republican Senator to Propose Adult-Use Bill Prior to 2018 Legislative Session

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Kentucky Senator Dan Seum (R-Fairdale) has an intriguing idea on how to bridge the state’s 2018 budget gap: legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.

Sen. Seum, Kentucky’s Republican Senate Majority Caucus Chairman, hypothesized that legalizing recreational marijuana could add as much as “$100 million” annually to the state’s depleted coffers.

A fiscally responsible conservative, Sen. Seum served on the Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee from 2009 to 2010. As such, Seum believes the current state of “desperation might help” sway his fellow politicians — persuading them of the dollars and sense of legalizing marijuana in Kentucky.

In addition to supporting recreational marijuana as a means of generating new revenue for the state of Kentucky, Sen. Seum is also in favor of expanding casino gaming.

Betting big on liberty in the Bluegrass State, Sen. Seum told Spectrum News that he intends to offer legislation aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana use in Kentucky prior to the 2018 legislative session.

Potentially slashing Kentucky’s administrative court costs and reducing its nonviolent prison population, Sen. Seum explained, “I’m looking at adult use because that’s where the money is at. And those states that have just done medical marijuana, it doesn’t generate near the money that adult use does.”

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3 Comments

  1. It would help but being billions of dollars down on the pension fund it will take a lot of time to have a real effect. I don’t know that you will have enough sales to make up the difference. But of course there are reductions in the areas that now are an extra drag on the states economy. Police, courts, prisons. Those costs will drop.
    Try it it can’t hurt. There is cannabis being bought and sold all over the country every day whether it is legal or not. That money dose nothing for the state and legalization protects the children. The black market sells to anyone with the money they don’t check for ID’s and they sell dangerous drugs as well as cannabis.

  2. As slow as TN is going, KY can count on a healthy consumer base along with tax revenue from TN residents. Too bad TN is too blind to see the healthy potential in every area if Cannabis were legal here. Way to go KY! Only 2 exits away!!!

  3. I would like to be happy, and in some way I am, but is money the only thing that motivates these people? What about justice? Is there any wisdom in the hearts of US lawmakers?

    So many lives have been harmed because of these unjust laws, poor honest people sit in jail cells because they had a plant that God gave them to use for good.

    I would really like to see some lawmakers come out and apologize to every cannabis user who has been jailed or unjustly penalized under the current immoral laws.

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