Kentucky: GOP Senator Introduces Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Kentucky Sen. Dan Seum (R-38th District), the GOP’s Majority Caucus Chairman and one of the state’s highest-ranking elected officials, has introduced legislation targeting the legalization of recreational marijuana.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported the Kentucky Sen. suggested that legalizing adult-use marijuana would generate new revenue for the state’s anemic coffers, potentially adding more than $100 million annually to the commonwealth’s general fund.

The projected tax proceeds generated by a legal marijuana market could represent a fresh stream of cash to pay down the state’s spiraling liabilities – currently hovering just south of $38 billion.

Sen. Seum’s bill, SB 80, would allow for the possession, growth, use, processing, purchasing, transfer, and consumption of marijuana in Kentucky by adults over the age of 21.

Referred to as a “jobs bill” by Seum in October, SB 80 would legalize the operation of retail marijuana shops, “consumption establishments, cultivation facilities, cannabis…

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