Commonwealth Policy Center

Ohio recently became the 24th state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Kentucky only permits medical marijuana, but some are calling for our state to follow Ohio. The argument is that it will help bring in revenue. While legalizing recreational marijuana may bring short-term financial gains, the long term social and economic consequences should be our first priority. Think of the personal cost: brain damage, addiction, and mental illness. And a society of suffering persons will also have a suffering economy. Scripture warns us against intoxication which dulls the mind and distracts us from things that matter. Good public policy is a firewall against substances that undermine human flourishing and the common good. We hope that Kentucky lawmakers see this.