A bill to repeal the prohibition of cannabis cultivation, possession and sales in Kentucky has been pre-filed for the 2016 legislative session. For the second year in a row, Senator Perry B. Clark of Louisville has introduced legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis in the Bluegrass State.
The Cannabis Freedom Act, would allow cannabis to be regulated in the same manner as alcohol and establish a framework to “promote public safety and responsible cannabis consumption by persons over 21 years of age.”
“It is abundantly clear to me that cannabis, while being much less harmful, should be treated the same as alcohol,”
“The Cannabis Freedom Act is an outline on how to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older in Kentucky. It is time for this discussion in our Commonwealth.”
Under the Cannabis Freedom Act, there would be a three-tier licensing system for cannabis cultivators, processors and retailers that would eliminate the possibility of monopolies and vertical integration. The bill also states that the tax revenue received from cannabis sales would go to public schools and well as scholarships for post-secondary education within the state.