Marijuana skeptics fear ‘de facto legalization’ in states-10/6/18


POLITICO 10-6-18

Marijuana skeptics fear ‘de facto legalization’ in states

By SAM SUTTON and CARLA MARINUCCI 10/06/2018

When Jason Nemes, a Republican legislator in deeply conservative Kentucky, proposed a bill allowing the sale of medicinal marijuana this year, he included strict conditions to prevent doctors from rampantly prescribing the drug.

After all, Nemes has no interest in actually legalizing pot: He hasn’t smoked, he’s decidedly anti-drug and, until recently, he was even skeptical of marijuana’s effectiveness for treating conditions like cancer or epilepsy.

“We’re not interested in allowing people to go and smoke marijuana just for the heck of it.” Nemes told POLITICO.

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