FRANKFORT, Ky. — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky cities and counties to endorse medical marijuana legislation which can help their citizens, many who are veterans fighting physical and mental illnesses, get care and relief they need.
“It’s clear momentum is building for medical cannabis in Kentucky. I challenge our local officials in cities and counties across the Commonwealth to join in the effort to bring relief to thousands of Kentuckians who suffer daily – their own citizens,” Grimes said. “This affects people in every county and corner of the state. Local officials should step up for their constituents to support medical cannabis legislation in the General Assembly in 2018. We can’t leave our people who are hurting behind.”
Maysville and Mason County have recently taken official action in support of legalization legislation.
“Eric Crawford lives every single day in pain from an automobile accident he suffered as a young man,” said Grimes. “It’s because of Eric that both Maysville and Mason County, where he lives, have endorsed the effort to bring Kentuckians relief with medical cannabis. The people it can help – like Eric – are their friends and neighbors. They go to church with them every Sunday. They see them in the grocery store. This issue has a face and a name for our local officials.”
Maysville adopted a resolution last year that “encourages the Kentucky General Assembly to consider legislation for medical marijuana which provides for the care, comfort and relief” of Crawford and other Kentuckians who can benefit from medical marijuana. Mason County’s fiscal court adopted a similar resolution in 2014.
Crawford, a member of Grimes’ panel advising on medical marijuana legislation, told the group last week medical marijuana had significantly improved his conditions. He showed the dozens of prescription pain relievers, including