Senator Perry B. Clark (D),(KY) to reintroduce SB129

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Kentucky: Medical Cannabis Bill Named in Honor of Iconic Freedom Fighter Gatewood Galbraith On January 31st, legislation that would make cannabis a schedule II drug, thus legal for doctors to prescribe, was introduced in the Kentucky State Senate. Senate Bill 129, sponsored by Senator Perry B. Clark, D-Louisville, is being titled the “Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act”.

Gatewood Galbraith was a prominent lawyer from Kentucky and an avid supporter of cannabis legalization. He dedicated over forty years to the restoration of the cannabis plant. Galbraith passed away last month from complications of pneumonia.

“Marijuana has positive medical benefits for patients dealing with illnesses like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS, to name a few,” Senator Clark said. “I want to allow this as another treatment option for those individuals.”

Senate Bill 129 would limit patients who are prescribed the drug from possessing more than five ounces per month. The patient could choose to fill their prescription at a board-certified pharmacy or to grow their own plants. Patients deciding to cultivate plants would be prohibited to no more than five at one time.

Molly Galbraith, Gatewood’s daughter has watched her father fight to legalize hemp and marijuana for many years. She recently posted online “He was talking about protecting our civil liberties, finding alternative fuel sources, boosting Kentucky’s economy, and helping ease the pain of the sick and dying and ease the massive burden of ever-increasing healthcare costs. In my opinion, this is an incredible way to honor my dad.”

“Gatewood served as a constant reminder that we, the people, are still here and that individual freedom is worth fighting for at all costs,” wrote 2011 gubernatorial running-mate Dea Riley. “His hope was that Kentucky would shine as a model of how democracy worked.”

“Gatewood possessed incredible insight. He could see the truth and he educated us about liberty and the multipurpose utility of hemp. He taught Willie Nelson, me and many others about hemp seed oil as a biodiesel fuel. History will show he was ahead of his time,” said longtime friend D. Paul Stanford.

In 2012, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio are presently considering legislation to allow cannabis for medicinal use, or decriminalization of small amounts. Sixteen states already have similar laws in place.

Many patients in the Commonwealth of Kentucky would be helped by this change to the classification of marijuana. Hemp News encourages patients to create a grass roots movement behind this bill. Please contact Senator Perry B. Clark (D), Senate District 37, and let him know you support his effort to honor Gatewood. Now’s the time!

The Proposed Law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/12RS/SB129.htm

Mailing Address
Senator Perry B. Clark
5716 New Cut Rd
Louisville KY 40214

Frankfort Address
Senator Perry B. Clark
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 255
Frankfort KY 40601

Phone Number(s)
Home: (502) 366-1247
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 715

Website: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/S037.htm

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Action Alert: Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

 

 

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SENATE BILL 129

The Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act

Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

· Changes Marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II

· Allows qualified patients to possess 5 ounces and to grow 5 plants

· Requires State Pharmacy board to set up rules for distribution

· Allows Physicians to prescribe without penalty

 

What to do

1) Find and Email your State Senator at www.lrc.ky.gov

Example: Dear Senator _______, I’m writing you today to ask you to support Senate Bill 129, The Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act. Marijuana is clearly not a dangerous drug and it definitely has Medical value. Kentucky doctors and patients should decide appropriate medical care, not Washington Bureaucrats . Sixteen other states have passed similar legislation and I believe that Kentucky should join those states and protect citizens with illnesses from legal sanctions. Our veterans returning from war especially deserve access to marijuana for the physical and emotional trauma they’ve suffered. It’s the Christian thing to do! Note: Personalize your email and include examples of people who are in need.

2) Follow up with a call to the Legislature Message line @ 1 (800) 372-7181

You can also call your State Senator directly. Their contact Information is available on their webpage on the lrc website. You can use the above example, but be sure to personalize your call and include examples of people you know who have a medical need. Ask them to co-sponsor the legislation.

3) Repeat the above two steps with your State Representative

You have both a State Senator and a State Representative. This is a Senate bill. Ask your representative to write and sponsor a companion bill for the House of Representatives.

4) Make an appointment to meet them in Frankfort to discuss the bill

They are your voice in government. They can’t refuse to meet with you. If you have the courage to speak to them in person, be sure to dress and conduct yourself professionally. You will probably only get 15 minutes with them, so be prepared and bring this flyer or some other document that supports your position. You will enjoy the trip to Frankfort, it’s a beautiful place.

5) Copy this Flyer and share/post it everywhere!!!

Send a quick email to legalsmile2012@gmail.com so that I can get information to you rapidly. We will have to act quickly when the bill goes before committee. Please let me know your story and if you wish to testify before the committee (anyone can). It’s your government!!!

LINKS:

SB129 Ky Legislature

The Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Act of 2012

Kentucky Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Act

The White House – Resources

Legislators Discuss Industrial Hemp

Rosalind Turner

Mar 07 |13:38 PM

FRANKFORT, KY (3/7/12) – Senator Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, joined members of the House of Representatives Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, W. Keith Hall, D-Pikeville, and Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, today to discuss legalizing industrial hemp at the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee meeting.
Senator Pendleton has sponsored for the fourth year, legislation (Senate Bill 41) that would legalize industrial hemp as a cash crop in Kentucky. The three House members are sponsoring similar legislation – House Bill 272 (Mills) and House Bill 286 (Henderson and Hall).
The four discussed the economic development benefits to Kentucky, products made from hemp, and the importance of Kentucky being in the forefront of legalizing industrial hemp in the U.S.
SurfKY News
Information provided by Rosalind Turner

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