On Wednesday, Kentucky’s ban on medical marijuana treatment has successfully survived an initial test in court. Basically, the judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s ban on marijuana for medical purpose.
In 29 states, it is legal to use marijuana for medical purposes. Kentucky lawmakers have somehow failed to consider the proposals to legalize marijuana. Although, Kentucky lawmakers embrace hemp, which is the fiber of the plant used for making ropes, clothing and other products. And, various other uses of the plant, they have failed to understand that there is a number of the proposal that would have let people use marijuana as medicine. It is helpful in treating various health issues such as fights cancer, decreases cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
But, the legislature allowed the limited prescription of cannabidiol, which comes from the cannabis plant. Three individuals, who filed this lawsuit, were in favor of medical marijuana treatment. These three frustrated people sued the governor and the attorney general earlier this year and asked a judge to throw out the ban because “denying sick people safe medicine” is unjust.
What Judge has to say about the Case?
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate rejected that argument by presenting the statement that he has better reasons to ban medical marijuana treatment. He even added that state legislature has “discretion to regulate what is harmful to the public health and wellbeing.” He told the plaintiffs their only option was to persuade the state legislature to lift the ban.
Woody Maglinger, a representative for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said, “The Bevin Administration applauds Judge Wingate’s decision to follow the law and dismiss this lawsuit.” And, he added that “Any change to Kentucky law should go through the legislative process.”
The people who file this lawsuit could just appeal to the rule, if they think that it’s not right for them. Dan Canon, an attorney who said that they have not made a decision yet.
What Dan Canon has to Say
In an email, Canon even wrote to The Associated Press that “We respect the court’s decision, but we strongly disagree with it.” And, he added that “Our clients have said all along that they want the government to stop intruding into the relationship between them and their physicians.”
The plaintiffs even say they support marijuana for medical use because they have been using it for treating various medical problems. Amy Stalker said that she use marijuana with the permission of doctor while he living in Colorado and Washington. She used it for treating irritable bowel syndrome and bipolar disorder. But, she is struggling to maintain her health, time she moved to Kentucky to take care of her mother.
Danny Belcher says, “He uses marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his service in the Vietnam War”.
Seum Jr. said, “I don’t want to be addicted to those type drugs.” Further added, “Although cannabis, it doesn’t take (the pain) away completely; it allows me to function a little more. I can function and still not be addicted.”