There are many ridiculous arguments people make against marijuana legalization, but Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's reasons may be the craziest of all.
In an interview on talk radio, Bevin was asked about the possibility of Kentucky passing legalized marijuana to help solve the state's budget problems. The governor scoffed at the idea and said that legalization in Colorado has been a catastrophe. In addition to claiming that emergency room visits and homelessness have grown since marijuana became legal, he also claimed that people are overdosing on cannabis. Yes, really. Here's what he said:
"THC content in marijuana is not like it was even a generation ago," Bevin said in the interview. "There are people overdosing based on ingestion of products that are edibles and things."
Many of the other issues Bevin cited are claims made by many anti-legalization advocates. They also have largely been debunked, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper even sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions explaining why those arguments are falsehoods.
Bevin reiterated during the interview that he will not allow marijuana legalization while he's in the governor's office. He said, "We are not, while I’m governor, going to be legalizing the use of marijuana in this state for recreational purposes or for revenue-generating purposes." He also said he would not allow legalized gambling either.
So basically Bevin would prefer that the state of Kentucky be unable to pay people's pensions that they've been promised for years rather than legalize marijuana, which has been touted as a success in the states where it's legal.
Let's see if his tune changes when 2019 comes and he's up for re-election.