Committee Advances Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill

Kentucky Medical Marijuana Gets Good News

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky has won initial committee approval on Wednesday, March 6th. The approval came after lawmakers viewed emotional testimony from people battling chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions that could potentially be assisted by medical marijuana.

The bill would allow marijuana in Kentucky for medical purposes only. The House Judiciary Committee passed a 16-1 vote after a two-hour hearing. The bill faces a challenging path to law, as it comes at the end of the year’s legislative session. With only a few days left in the year’s session, the measure still has to pass through the House and would then need Senate approval.

The measure also aims to turn medical marijuana into an instate enterprise from farms to dispensaries. The cannabis would be grown and processed in the state of Kentucky. The measure includes regulations for dispensaries, processors, and growers. The bill would prohibit smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but would allow the ingestion of pills and oils.

If supporters are not able to pass this medical marijuana bill this year, the committee vote provides momentum when they renew their push in next year’s session.

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