Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics

  • Ky. Facing a potentially historic vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Republican lawmaker John Schickel is conflicted.
  • In Alabama, a medical marijuana bill won approval in the Alabama Senate as advocates make headway after years of setbacks.
  • Opposition has come from socially conservative lawmakers who warn that legalizing medical cannabis would push Kentucky off a slippery slope leading to recreational use of the drug.
  • Looking to defuse that argument, the bill’s leading supporter said he too is opposed to recreational marijuana.

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