Judge Asks Kentucky Officials to Explain Reasons for Medical Marijuana Ban – News

A Kentucky judge is trying to understand exactly why the state has not yet legalized a medical marijuana program, especially since “we’ve pretty much decriminalized” the herb in more than half the nation.

According to a report from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Judge Thomas Wingate recently asked legal counsel for Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear to explain their reasons for maintaining a prohibitionary standard with respect to the cannabis plant in the Bluegrass State.  

The judge is considering motions filed by the state officials to dismiss a lawsuit submitted by a small group of marijuana advocates, which suggests that such a ban is unconstitutional.

Earlier this year, three Kentucky residents filed a complaint against the state, arguing that its outlaw status on medical marijuana was a blatant violation of their rights under the Kentucky Constitution. The lawsuit is calling for the court to decriminalize marijuana possession so they can legally begin to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

It wasn’t long after the lawsuit was filed that Governor Bevin and Attorney General Beshear fired back with a motion begging the courts to…

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