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Kentucky Governor States Doom and Gloom Outlook on Legal Marijuana

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Kentucky Governor States Doom and Gloom Outlook on Legal Marijuana

In a radio interview with WKDZ radio, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin shared his position with the legalization of marijuana. He appeared the criticize the idea, seemingly taking the position that legalization would lead to an increase in emergency room visits and homelessness.

When making the comment, he referenced his view of the impact that legalization has had on Colorado since 2014. He stated,

“Look at the homelessness, look at the increase in their emergency rooms, look at the problems they have with law enforcement of bordering states.” He continued. “Look at the amount of disease and things that have spiked up as a result of people who are coming for the fact that they can smoke pot legally.”

Bevin’s position is apparently an opposition and he also seemingly does not believe in the tax revenue that the marijuana would potentially bring the state. He stated,

“everybody in Kentucky would need to smoke pot for the next 600 years” to raise enough money “to fund what we owe today in 2019” in the pension system. He continued, “It’s not a serious solution. It’s not even a solution at all. It’s a ridiculous proposal.”

Bevin’s comments were in reference to the proposal that revenue from marijuana would be able to pay the state’s financial obligations to its pension system.

This is not the first time that Governor Bevin has criticized marijuana. News station Whas11 reported in April 2019 that during a teacher stick out, he referred to recreational marijuana and expanded gaming “sucker bets,” while insisting that he was trying to save teacher pensions. He further stated,

“I am in no way, shape, or form a proponent of legalizing recreational marijuana. That is a sucker’s bet,” and “The good news is if we gamble and smoke pot at the same time it will only take 200 years to pay what we currently owe. The point is these are not solutions, they’re not.”

You can listen to the interviews here: Governor Says Expanded Gambling And Marijuana Not Solutions

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    Billy yaegel

    August 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I have lived in ky for my entire life and smoke weed daily the illegal marijuana trade causes Robbery s and faulty product s with mold ect…. it would be good revenue for the state in taxes and decriminalize it would help the state it’s all around a good idea…. I feel as if I’m not a United states resident how can something be legal in 1 state and not another I thought we were all supposed to be equal in rights it does not feel like it…

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    William Schermerhorn

    August 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    What is wrong with our government are the just not thinking ? They legalize alcohol which kills people give them beer muscles they want to go to jail because they want to get in fights. Marijuana does not do that makes us tired we want to go to sleep so come on wake up and use your brain for a change more money for our economy and our state and our schools. So stop being fools

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    Steelhip

    August 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Time for Kentucky to get a new governor vote him out

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    Don Podlas

    August 12, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I have lived in Oregon for the past 14 years. I moved here for the sole purpose of getting off V.A. issued pain meds. (Methadone) If it wasn’t for legal marijuana I would still be dangerously addicted…I have used cannabis for over 50 years and understand the effectiveness and validity of this wonderful,life-giving medication. FREE THE WEED!!

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    praxis

    August 12, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    What he doesn’t want to tell you is he doesn’t know how he (and his friends)could potentially benefit from Legal Marijuana so he’s in complete opposition to it. In fact, I’ll bet if you questioned this guy and got into his brain, you’d find out he doesn’t know anything about its cultivation, doesn’t have a clue about how its processed, and believes everything law enforcement and Kevin Sabat say about it. I live in WV so I understand what Kentucky is up against. They come off as holier than thou Christians but trust me, its really envy. They know if it’s legalized, they’re going to be left standing at the station like a bride who’d been abandoned and they will do everything they can to make sure no one profits from it or is threatened by those profits (police lobby).

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    Ken

    August 13, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Wow is he really that naive, the law enforcement costs alone they are wasting on marijuana laws and court costs would be enough to fund several schools I am sure? And you gave to start somewhere on money savings.

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    Lissa

    August 13, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    This guy, what a maroon. His short sightedness will have Kentucky in the dark ages for the next hundred years. He sounds like a hypocrite to me..

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