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Clueless Kentucky Governor Cites Pot “Overdoses” That Have Never Happened
As long as Republican Matt Bevin remains governor of Kentucky, don’t expect the Bluegrass State to legalize smoking grass. That’s what he pledged on a radio show last Tuesday.
His remarks came in response to the suggestion a few days earlier by Republican State Senator Dan Seum that legalizing marijuana might help Kentucky pay down its $30 billion pension debt. “Twenty-eight states now have one form or another of legalized cannabis, or marijuana,” he said. “Colorado is really knocking down some good money on that.”
Bevin used fake claims of a crisis in Colorado since it legalized pot to condemn the idea. “There are people overdosing based on ingestion of products that are edibles and things,” the governor said. “Law enforcement people in emergency rooms [are] being overrun by problems.
“We are not, while I’m governor, going to be legalizing the use of marijuana in this state for recreational purposes or for revenue-generating purposes,” he vowed. He also told the radio host that he opposes legalized gambling as a new revenue source, and mixed the two by calling legal weed “a sucker’s bet.
“So a lot of toked-up people gambling, that’s the solution for Kentucky?” Bevin said. “I would say no and no. Not while I’m governor.”
He claims that legalizing marijuana “has not been good for [Colorado].” That state has pulled in more than $500 million in new tax revenue since making recreational marijuana legal.
Colorado has seen a slight uptick in emergency room visits for such occasional non-medically-threatening side effects as anxiety. The national Centers for Disease Control verifies that no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.
Meanwhile Kentucky does have a different overdose problem: the second-highest rate of opioid deaths in the nation. Perhaps legal medical weed for pain management might help address that crisis.