Last week Kentucky’s Senate voted, 31-6, to approve legislation that would legalize hemp in the state. This is after their Senate Committee on Agriculture voted unanimously to put it to a full Senate vote.
Kentucky’s U.S Senators, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnel and Rand Paul, have publicly endorsed the measure, while simultaneously working on federal legislation to end hemp prohibition.
Kentucky lawmakers are also consider legislation to legalize medical cannabis.
Now, lawmakers can rest assured that they have the clear majority backing of their constituents.
According to the recent Bluegrass Poll released Friday, and conducted by the Courier-Journal and Survey USA, 65% (22% opposed) of those in Kentucky support legalizing hemp, and 60% (22% opposed) support legalizing medical cannabis.
In addition, roughly 40% of those in the state support legalizing the substance for recreational purposes, with just 49% opposed. These are impressive numbers, especially considering that the number of undecided voters – 13% – could push support for legalization in to the majority.
Advocates have plenty of reason to be optimistic.