A key state senator has indicated he may support legalizing medical marijuana.
Sen. Albert Robinson, R-21, chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection, said on Thursday that he is working on a way to move legalization forward in Kentucky’s legislature.
Robinson told a crowd of military veterans supporting medical marijuana that he is speaking with Kentucky’s congressmen to determine how the federal government might react if it were legalized in the state.
He also told supporters he does not support recreational use.
The group of veterans have shown up at the Capitol the past two Thursdays to demand Robinson allow a hearing on Senate Bill 118, a bill legalizing medical marijuana and sponsored by Sen. Stephen West, R-27, but Robinson has canceled the past two meetings.
After making the announcement, Robinson said he knows marijuana is already widely available in Kentucky, joking, “Y’all know where to get it.”
After the meeting, Robinson clarified that he does not support SB 118 as it is written, and doubts there is enough time left in the 2018 General Assembly to satisfy his concerns and pass the bill.
However, Robinson said he would be open to holding a hearing on a bill in the 2019 legislative session under certain conditions.