Kentucky should legalize cannabis

A couple years later, I rode a Triumph motorcycle and wore a black leather jacket and stars-and-stripes helmet just like Peter Fonda in the movie.

Briefly I was part of the counterculture that supposedly believed in world peace, free love, and expanding one’s consciousness through psychedelic drugs.

For the most part, it was fun while it lasted—not just the drugs and music, but the whole hippie philosophy was cool.

For example, I might buy a quarter pound of pot for $100, sell three ounces for $35 apiece, and have an ounce to smoke for free.

The Anti-Drug Abuse Act, signed by President Reagan in 1986, substantially increased the number of drug offenses with mandatory minimum sentences, including marijuana.

Faced with these stiff penalties and punishments, virtually all the old hippie types got out of the marijuana business.

“That discrepancy is dead wrong, four activists agreed this week.

“With the passage of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act in 2019, Illinois became the first state in the nation to legalize recreational sales by an act of the state legislature…Illinois is expected to generate between $2 to $4 billion in annual revenues from recreational sales…Illinois will also expunge an estimated 700,000 marijuana-related police records and court convictions in a phased approach forecast to be completed by 2025.

Fifteen states have legalized recreational marijuana and 35 allow medical marijuana—and it’s not a red state/blue state thing.

In February 2020, the Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 136 that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky.

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