Candidates for governor and attorney general have debated medical cannabis — find out where they stand before you go to the polls!
Kentucky’s general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, and the candidates for governor and attorney general have all been talking about cannabis policy. Here’s a brief overview of what they’ve been saying:
In the race for governor, incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has indicated support for medical cannabis, but he has been harshly critical of Colorado and other states that have legalized for adult use. During a recent debate, he asked, “How’s that working out for Illinois?” [https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/elections/kentucky/2019/10/03/watch-matt-bevin-andy-beshear-kentucky-governor-debate/3839776002/] (Illinois’ legalization law does not take effect until January 1, 2020.) The Democratic candidate, Attorney General Andy Beshear, has indicated strong support for medical cannabis, and Libertarian candidate John Hicks supports legalization for both medical and adult use.
When the two candidates for attorney general appeared on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” on October 14 [https://wfpl.org/election-2019-your-guide-to-the-kentucky-attorney-general-candidates/], Daniel Cameron (R) said, “I think we need a discussion about medical marijuana,” but he seemed to defer to law enforcement on the issue, saying, “I think they’re a little bit leery.” Former Attorney General Greg Stumbo (D) said he strongly supports medical cannabis, and he will “push for and advocate” decriminalizing possession of small amounts. Notably, Stumbo sponsored a medical cannabis bill during his time in the General Assembly.
Finally, in the race for treasurer, challenger Michael Bowman (D) supports medical cannabis and has called for “a conversation” about legalization [https://wfpl.org/election-2019-your-guide-to-the-kentucky-treasurer-candidates/]. A web search did not reveal any public comments on the issue from incumbent Allison Ball (R).
State legislators do not face re-election this year, but now would be a great time to remind them that you want to see Kentucky pass a medical cannabis law in 2020! Write your legislators today.