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 effectively 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 and license medicinal marijuana. Decriminalize recreational marijuana possession in the amount of eight ounces or less, eliminate the criminal penalty, and maintain a civil fine only. This approach helps to prevent overcrowding of jails for minor non-violent, drug offenses. For any non-violent, felony drug offense completed, expunge from the violator's record. This will aid in employment opportunities.
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 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.