Gov. Bevin Connects Suicides And Casinos In Argument Against Gambling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Governor Bevin says suicides and casinos go hand-in-hand.

When asked by an interviewer on WKDZ Radio about using marijuana and casinos to fund the pension system, Bevin said "Every night somewhere in America, somebody takes their life in a casino because they've wasted the last semblance of dignity and hope that they had."

Bevin did not offer any evidence to support his claim.

The governor says there is no political appetite for either legal marijuana or casinos in the state.

Taking on supporters of marijuana, Bevin pointed to Colorado where he says they are seeing an increase in homelessness and emergency room runs connected to legal pot.

Bevin's opponent in November, Attorney General Andy Beshear, has called for casino gaming in Kentucky as a new source of revenue to fund the pension system.

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