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(KY) GOV. MATT BEVIN AND AG ANDY BESHEAR GET SUED OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA!


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THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED TODAY, JUNE 14TH, 2017, IN JEFFERSON COUNTY KENTUCKY AGAINST GOV. MATT BEVIN AND AG ANDY BESHEAR BY DANNY BELCHER OF BATH COUNTY, AMY STALKER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, AND DAN SEUM JR OF JEFFERSON COUNTY.

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Mark Vanderhoff Reporter

FRANKFORT, Ky. —

Three people are suing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear over Kentucky’s marijuana laws, claiming their rights are being violated by not being able to use or possess medicinal marijuana.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday morning in Jefferson Circuit Court, was filed on behalf of Danny Belcher of Bath County, Amy Stalker of Louisville and Dan Seum Jr., son of state Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale.

Seum turned to marijuana after being prescribed opioid painkillers to manage back pain.

“I don’t want to go through what I went through coming off that Oxycontin and I can’t function on it,” he said. “If I consume cannabis, I can at least function and have a little quality of life.”

The plaintiffs spoke at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Seum does not believe the state can legally justify outlawing medical marijuana while at the same time allowing doctors to prescribe powerful and highly addictive opioids, which have created a statewide and national epidemic of abuse.

That legal justification lies at the heart of the plaintiffs’ legal challenge, which claims Kentucky is violating its own constitution.

The lawsuit claims the prohibition violates section two of the Kentucky Constitution, which denies “arbitrary power,” and claims the courts have interpreted that to mean a law can’t be unreasonable.

“It’s difficult to make a comparison between medical cannabis and opioids that are routine prescribed to people all over the commonwealth, all over the country, and say that there’s some sort of rational basis for the prohibition on cannabis as medicine when we know how well it works,” said Dan Canon, who along with attorney Candace Curtis is representing the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit also claims Kentucky’s law violates the plaintiffs’ right to privacy, also guaranteed under the state constitution.

Spokespeople for Gov. Bevin and Beshear say their offices are in the process of reviewing the lawsuit.

In a February interview on NewsRadio 840 WHAS, Bevin said the following in response to a question about whether he supports medical marijuana:

“The devil’s in the details. I am not opposed to the idea medical marijuana, if prescribed like other drugs, if administered in the same way we would other pharmaceutical drugs. I think it would be appropriate in many respects. It has absolute medicinal value. Again, it’s a function of its making its way to me. I don’t do that executively. It would have to be a bill.”  CONTINUE READING…

Lawsuit challenges Kentucky’s medical marijuana ban

By Bruce Schreiner | AP June 14 at 6:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s criminal ban against medical marijuana was challenged Wednesday in a lawsuit touting cannabis as a viable alternative to ease addiction woes from opioid painkillers.

The plaintiffs have used medical marijuana to ease health problems, the suit said. The three plaintiffs include Dan Seum Jr., the son of a longtime Republican state senator.

Another plaintiff, Amy Stalker, was prescribed medical marijuana while living in Colorado and Washington state to help treat symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome and bipolar disorder. She has struggled to maintain her health since moving back to Kentucky to be with her ailing mother.

“She comes back to her home state and she’s treated as a criminal for this same conduct,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel Canon. “That’s absurd, it’s irrational and it’s unconstitutional.”

Stalker, meeting with reporters, said: “I just want to be able to talk to my doctors the same way I’m able to talk to doctors in other states, and have my medical needs heard.” CONTINUE READING…

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Ex-congressman’s group wants medical marijuana in Kentucky


By BRUCE SCHREINER

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

More than two decades ago, hospital staff looked the other way when his brother smoked marijuana to help maintain his appetite while battling AIDS, former U.S. Rep. Mike Ward said. Now the ex-congressman wants to bring medical marijuana into the mainstream in Kentucky.

Ward, who served one term in Congress from the Louisville-area 3rd District, said Monday that he has formed the nonprofit group Legalize Kentucky Now, which will promote legislation aimed at allowing the prescription of marijuana for medical purposes.

The issue is expected to surface during the 2016 General Assembly session, which begins Tuesday in Frankfort.

Nearly two dozen states have legalized medical marijuana to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy and seizure disorders. In Kentucky, medical marijuana supporters could have some powerful allies, though plenty of obstacles remain.

New Gov. Matt Bevin said during last year’s campaign that he supported legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Asked about the issue on Monday, Bevin told reporters at the state Capitol that he would have to see the legislation.

"I’ve been very clear from the beginning that is a piece of legislation that, depending on how it is crafted, depending on how that would be regulated, depending on how that would be prescribed, is something I could be supportive of. And I continue to feel the same way, but we’ll see," Bevin, a Republican, said.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a medical marijuana bill last year that stirred discussion but no action. Stumbo has said he would gauge support for a similar measure this year, and "if there appears to be a chance of passage, then we will proceed."

Ward, a former state lawmaker, will return to the state Capitol to promote the issue. He raised the case of his brother Alexander, who died of AIDS in 1992, to make his argument that people should not be treated as criminals for smoking marijuana to relieve pain or suffering.

"The hospital staff looked the other way as he smoked marijuana in the bathroom because they knew it could help him with his appetite, it could help him keep food down," Ward said at a news conference. "It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years and that hasn’t changed. It’s still illegal. People still have to look the other way, and that’s what I’d like to see change."

Ward said he has lined up lawmakers to sponsor a measure but didn’t identify them.

Kentucky leaders have already embraced hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin. Hemp production has returned to the state, though the total acreage harvested is still small. Hemp plants are prized for their oils, seeds and fiber, which can be turned into a multitude of products.

In 2014, Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill allowing doctors at two research hospitals to prescribe an oil from hemp to treat child seizures.

Ward acknowledged that resistance from law enforcement could be a major obstacle for medical marijuana legislation.

"I do think we can get an understanding in the law enforcement community that what we’re looking to do is to not make anything into the Wild West," he said. "That our goal is to make sure that there is a safe, medical, necessary use and it is not turning people who have a medical need into criminals."

Meanwhile, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, wants to go much further with a bill that would allow recreational marijuana use for adults over 21.

His proposal would repeal the state’s ban on marijuana cultivation, possession and sale. It would set up a system to tax and regulate marijuana sales.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/living/health-and-medicine/article52927140.html#storylink=cpy