Kentucky Medical Marijuana Facts

  • Kentucky Senator Perry Clark has announced plans to pre-file a bill for the 2014 legislative session to legalize medical marijuana in the state, and members of the Health and Welfare committee will hold a public hearing on this medical marijuana measure August 21. The bill is expected to be formally introduced in January when the full legislature reconvenes for the sixty-day 2014 legislative session.
  • Senator Perry Clark, a democratic filed similar legislation to his most recent back in 2012 and 2013, but the bills failed died in committees without ever receiving a hearing. The bills were both titled the “Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act,” named after the late marijuana advocate Gatewood Galbraith. The two previous bills would have reclassify cannabis as a Schedule II substance available for medical treatment under a doctor’s direction, and would have allowed patients to possess up to five ounces of marijuana or cultivate up to five plants for their own medicinal use.
  • In the state of Kentucky, law enforcement officials are entitled to carry out sobriety checkpoints under the federal constitution. Roadblock at which all vehicles are stopped and officers are not given "unconstrained discretion" do not violate the constitutional rights of motorists. Evidence resulting from non-discriminatory search at DUI checkpoint was properly admitted to support convictions.