In a hearing on the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky, Republican state Rep. Robert Benvenuti said that the risks of allowing medical marijuana in the state are too high. He cited Kentucky’s high rate of illegal and prescription drug abuse as reasons why the plant is too dangerous to be sold legally.
Legalization of medical marijuana will inevitably lead to the legalization of recreational marijuana use, said Benvenuti.
“I do not believe in the recreational use of marijuana,” he said, “and I could likewise fill this committee room with first responders, law enforcement officers and parents of dead children based on the effects of marijuana.”
As a protest rose from the assembled crowd that marijuana is not a lethal substance, Benvenuti continued, “In driving intoxicated, in child abuse, we’ve already heard today from folks who talk about intoxicants and its role in child fatality and child abuse.”
“So we need no more recreational drugs in Kentucky,” he said.
January 10, 2014
Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.