Operation UNITE CEO concerned over medical marijuana legislation


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Operation UNITE’s president and CEO Nancy Hale spoke out against medical marijuana legislation currently before the Kentucky General Assembly at a UNITE Pike group meeting last week.

Hale raised her concerns over proposed legislation, which would change the state’s laws dealing with marijuana, the Appalachian News Express reported.

“There’s a large battle looming in Kentucky,” Hale said. “House Bill 136 is a medicinal marijuana bill. Senate Bill 80 is a full-blown recreational bill.”

Hale went on to explain the concern UNITE has had since day one regarding marijuana, especially now that Kentucky has these bills, the newspaper said.

“Our commonwealth is looking at legalizing something that is federally classified as a controlled substance,” Hale said.

According to Hale, there is a lack of information and a lot of misinformation out there about marijuana. She discussed the statistics UNITE has gathered opposing the bills and urged legislators to be aware of the organization’s concerns.

“Prevention education is going to be key to this problem, without a doubt,” Hale said. “And Kentucky isn’t ready.”

Not everyone agrees with UNITE’s take on the proposed marijuana legislation.

Michael Raus, Founder of Kentucky Bluegrass Cannabis LLC, is one of many people who support both HB 136 and SB 80 and say the measures will benefit many.

“There’s so many medical conditions that could benefit from this,” Raus said.

Raus addressed Operation UNITE’s stance, saying there is a lot of misinformation out there. 

“There’s nothing that they are saying that is true,” he said. “It’s all fear-mongering.”


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