Kentucky House Committee Gives Thumbs Up to Medical Cannabis Bill

Kentucky House Committee Gives Thumbs Up to Medical Cannabis Bill
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<![CDATA[Fear of the law for those seeking the medicinal value of cannabis is perhaps no greater than in Kentucky, despite 90% of state’s residents supporting legalization. One of 13 states remaining to legalize the plant for medical purposes, Kentucky lawmakers offered hope to reform on March 10, when the House Judiciary Committee voted, 15-1, in a near unanimous decision to advance House Bill 136. The legislation would allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for four qualifying conditions: multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, epilepsy and nausea, the latter with a focus on providing access for cancer patients. It would prohibit smoking as a form of use. Democratic Rep. Rachel Roberts proposed an amendment for the House floor to consider that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to that list. Roberts was one of three Kentucky lawmakers who introduced an adult-use cannabis proposal last month. RELATED: Kentucky Lawmakers Introduce Adult-Use Bill: LETT’s Grow Republican Rep. Jason Nemes, the medical bill’s primary sponsor, said his proposal features layers of safeguards and has tight restrictions in an effort to gain support from his colleagues, The Associated Press reported. “The best part about this bill is it lets sick people get safe product,” he said. “This is not a wink, wink, nod, nod to get to recreational.” An earlier version of his bill passed the House in a 65-30 vote in 2020 before stalling in the Senate, which continued to resist consideration of the issue in 2021. The upper chamber’s pushback came on the heels of a February 2020 Kentucky Health Issues Poll that showed nine out of 10 Kentucky adults favored legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. That poll followed the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky 2019 health policy conference, which focused on the public health impacts of loosening legal restrictions on cannabis. “What we heard at…

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