The Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, speaks to Why Louisville Magazine about the potential impact legalizing marijuana in his state. He discusses how cannabis has brought $400 million worth of new business and a projected 850 jobs since it became legal last year. He also shares his thoughts on speculation that he would be running for president in 2020
The “federal legalization 2021” is the speculation of a potential 2020 presidential run for Gov. Beshear, who has been in office since 2007.
Kentucky is going out on a strong note in 2021. At least, according to Governor Andy Beshear, when it comes to the economy.
By the end of the year, the Bluegrass Governor told 44News, new capital investments in the state would be approaching $11 billion. This is almost twice Kentucky’s yearly investment in a typical year.
Western Kentucky will benefit from a share of the new projects, which will produce almost 16,000 full-time employment for Kentuckians.
Governor Beshear told 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman, “When you look at two of our greatest jobs and/or investments throughout the Commonwealth, this year, there is Pratt Paper in Henderson.” “I am quite pleased with this investment.”
Pratt Paper announced intentions in July to develop two big factories on property annexed into the City of Henderson for a $400 million project. The first of the two mills will employ 320 people and produce 100% recycled paper.
“That is their largest investment in their history, and when it is finished, it will be the most advanced recycled paper factory in the world,” Governor Beshear stated.
The governor also praised Ahlstrom-recent Munksjo’s statement in Madisonville. The firm plans to expand its operations and hire 51 more employees.
Both Ford and Toyota have made significant investments in these programs.
“I believe it is as easy as people realizing who we are,” the governor added. “They want to be a member of Kentucky’s national team.” We don’t merely wish to make an announcement with you because of that notion. We aim to assist you in the construction of your facility. We expect you to stick to your timetable. We want to see you succeed, and we want to work with you in the future.”
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS THE FUTURE, SAYS GOV. BESHEAR
Kentucky appears to be on pace to adopt legislation legalizing medicinal marijuana in 2020. When the epidemic ended the legislative session, a bill to do so had cleared the House and was headed to the Senate for review. A law identical to this is planned to be introduced in the 2022 session.
“This is the way things are going to be in the future.” “It’s the way things are going,” Governor Beshear stated. “Medical marijuana should absolutely be legalized in Kentucky.”
The governor went on to explain that the modification in the legislation will enable those who might otherwise use more harmful narcotics to take the medicine. That remark comes after the United States’ worst year on record for drug overdoses containing Fentanyl. The governor, on the other hand, is unmistakable. The correct law would guarantee that the sector is set up and controlled in a manner that benefits the state as a whole rather than hurting it.
“We need the correct framework to ensure that it is not misused here in Kentucky; that it is truly prescribed for medicinal needs,” Governor Beshear said.
THE STATE OF KENTUCKY MAY DECRIMINALIZE. USE OF MARIJUANA
Two more measures to legalize marijuana have been pre-filed in Kentucky. As the state’s previous attorney general, the governor is in favor of it.
According to the governor, the legislation state that “nobody should go to prison for consuming marijuana.” “That’s something I agree with…” Better approaches beyond arrest and jail are required.”
Rep. Nima Kulkarni, a Democrat from Louisville, has pre-filed proposals that do not legalize recreational usage.
“At the very least, we should be open to recreational discussions in the future.” “However, what I am suggesting in this session is medical,” Governor Beshear said.
GOV. BESHEAR, WOULD YOU CONSIDER RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?
When the epidemic struck Kentucky, Gov. Beshear was just three months into his first term. However, his handling of the health-care problem has piqued the interest of several national political commentators.
In some circles, the governor is being referred to as a dark horse candidate for the Democrats if President Biden decides not to seek re-election.
Anchor of 44News Gov. Beshear was asked whether he will run for president by Jessica Hartman.
“It’s nice, but I want to be Governor of Kentucky.” In Kentucky, I am raising my children. Kentucky is one of our favorite states. I was born and raised in Kentucky. And I’d want to remain in Kentucky. Governor Beshear said, “The only thing I’m running for is re-election.”
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