Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky is being sued over its ban on medical marijuana. The plaintiffs claim that their privacy rights are being violated and that they should be free of what they say is the "arbitrary power” of the state over their “lives, liberty and property.” So far, 29 states allow pot to be used as medicine. Two things need to be said. First, the science must support their claim that pot is a valid medical treatment. Secondly, if there is a scientific basis, then the change in policy must come through the legislative branch. This is where our laws are made. And controversial ideas should be debated in the court of public opinion. When the courts bypass the legislature, it does a disservice to the democratic process which allows all sides in the debate, including citizens to have their say.