There is an estimate now that we have to come up with $1 billion in new money in our budget to cover this problem,” said Senator Dan Seum.

“My argument is before any new taxes, let’s explore the potential of new monies,” said Seum.

It’s a move that the owner of Botany Bay in Lexington would love to see.

It would create jobs, good for farms, processing involved,” said Owner Ginny Saville.

Saville says the new jobs wouldn’t be the only benefit. It would also help with the overcrowding in jails.

“I think we got a lot bigger fish to fry and instead of letting money up and putting people in jail for plants. We could use the money to increase our coffers and solve some real problems,” Saville continued.

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