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Kentucky State Representative Pre-Files Two Bills to Legalize Cannabis

Two bills have been pre-filed this week by a state representative in Kentucky. This piece of legislation looks to decriminalize the personal use of marijuana. 44News spoke directly with that representative about the potential of these bills.

Posted: Nov 30, 2021 6:35 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2021 8:53 AM

Two bills have been pre-filed this week by a state representative in Kentucky. This piece of legislation looks to decriminalize the personal use of marijuana. 44News spoke directly with that representative about the potential of these bills.

Nina Kulkarni is a Kentucky state representative in the city of Louisville. Monday she pre-filed two bills that look to decriminalize the use of marijuana.

The first bill would permit Kentuckians 21 and older to possess, use, buy, or sell up to one ounce of cannabis without criminal penalty. The second focuses on the charges people have or would face for possessing marijuana.

“I think the citizens of Kentucky want to see some kind of cannabis use authorized by our policy makers," said Kulkarni.

The first bill would permit Kentuckians 21 and older to possess, use, buy, or sell up to one ounce of cannabis without criminal penalty. The second focuses on the charges people have or would face for possessing marijuana.

If these bills are passed by the legislature, we could see fewer people in the Bluegrass facing charges and having to visit a court room.

“We also have added a very strong expungement piece to this, so it decriminalized possession, up to an ounce, and it will also go back and look at records from up to ten years of low level drug offenses and determine which of those records are eligible for expungement," said Kulkarni.

The second bill would have the legislature eliminate criminal penalties for possessing, cultivating, and/or selling small amounts of cannabis. Though Nima is excited about the prospects of these two bills, she knows the has a long way to go.

“Legislation is slow," said Kulkarni. "I have no illusions of it sailing through and becoming law in 2022, but I do think we need to introduce a level of nuance and consideration onto how we discuss making cannabis available for Kentuckians in the future.”

Nima says she is looking forward to pushing Kentucky into a brighter future where the state is able to get more tax revenue and remove the criminalization of marijuana users. She says if you would like to see this bill move forward, you can contact your local state representative.

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