Legalize Medicinal Marijuana and Sports Betting:
Medicinal marijuana is legal in 33 states. Kentucky needs to follow this trend. Studies have shown that pharmaceutical cannabis can be used to treat cancer, glaucoma and certain kind of pain. Cannabis does not need to be smoked to be medically beneﬁcial; other non-smoking applications are available. The state needs to regulate, license and tax medicinal marijuana. Also, expunge the record of non-violent drug oﬀenders with a criminal marijuana oﬀense. This approach helps with employment opportunities and eliminates unnecessary incarceration.
In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on single game wagering. Now, each state can set its own rules for sports betting whether online or site-based with legislation. Sports betting is another way to capture a revenue stream for our state budget, meets consumer demand and creates jobs.
Voter participation is the cornerstone of our democracy. Let’s make voting easier, not more diﬃcult. I advocate changing the federal Motor Voter Law to automatically register new Kentucky residents to vote. I will also work to expand voting hours in Kentucky from one day voting in the primary and general elections to 1-2 weekends prior to each election day. This opportunity will strengthen voter turnout, notoriously low in the state, and contribute to a more robust Kentucky voter participation rate. Let’s get going Kentucky!
Under the Heller decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess firearms for traditional lawful purposes, including self-defense within the home.
Regardless of opinion, Heller is law. Yet, due to gun violence in our society, reasonable gun safety protections are now necessary. Real, meaningful change will probably have to come from the federal government, i.e. ban on military assault style weapons, high capacity magazines. In KY, we can fight for red flag laws and closing gun show loopholes. No one should have to be afraid to go to school, to the mall, or a place of worship. Let’s return to common sense on responsible gun ownership.