Kentucky Medical Cannabis Reform Inches Closer With House Passage

Kentucky Medical Cannabis Reform Inches Closer With House Passage
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<![CDATA[The ball is back in the Senate’s court for medical cannabis in Kentucky. House lawmakers cruised to passage of legislation that aims to make Kentucky the 38th state to legalize medical cannabis during a 59-34 vote on March 17. The legislation, House Bill 136, would allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients by Jan. 1, 2023, for six qualifying conditions: cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy/seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, chronic nausea or cyclical vomiting syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the bill’s text. The proposal would prohibit smoking as a form of use, and home cultivation would not be allowed. In particular, PTSD was added as a floor amendment by Democratic Rep. Rachel Roberts, who 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 The medical bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jason Nemes, whose crafting led to the broad bipartisan co-sponsorship of 20 Democrats and 22 Republicans in the House. During the committee process earlier this month, Nemes stressed his opposition to adult-use legalization. “The best part about this bill is it lets sick people get safe product,” he said before the House Judiciary Committee, which advanced the legislation via a 15-1 vote on March 10. “This is not a wink, wink, nod, nod to get to recreational.” Eric Crawford, a legalization advocate, testified in support of H.B. 136 before the committee, describing his personal struggles living as a paraplegic following a car accident involving an 1,800-pound cow landing on his head roughly two decades ago, the Herald Leader reported.“Medical cannabis allows me to be a more productive member of society and gives me a better quality of life,” he said. “It helps me be a better husband, son and friend. There’s not one of you on…

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