Kentucky Governor Issues Executive Order on Medical Cannabis; Names 17 to Advisory Board

Kentucky Governor Issues Executive Order on Medical Cannabis; Names 17 to Advisory Board
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<![CDATA[Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order June 14 to create a 17-member advisory board to assist his office on a path forward for medical cannabis legalization in the state. The Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will be co-chaired by Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kerry Harvey and Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet Ray Perry. Other committee members have relevant experience in health care, treatment of opioid use disorder and other diseases of addiction, law enforcement, criminal justice, and advocacy for medical cannabis. (See the complete list of members below). “Polling suggests 90 percent of Kentucky adults support legalizing medical cannabis, while at the same time, far too many in our state who could benefit from it are suffering. It is simply time that something more is done,” Beshear said in a press release announce the advisory panel. “I want to make sure every voice is heard as I am weighing executive action that could provide access to medical cannabis in the commonwealth.” Specifically, a February 2020 Kentucky Health Issues Poll showed that nine out of 10 Kentucky adults favored legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. Beshear’s executive order comes roughly two months after weighing his executive authority on effecting policy changes following the Kentucky Senate failing to act on a House-passed bill that aimed to allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients for six qualifications: cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy/seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, chronic nausea or cyclical vomiting syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That legislation drew bipartisan support in the House, but, just like an earlier version of the bill, was killed in the Senate without a vote. RELATED: Kentucky Governor Takes Issue With Senate Inaction on Medical Cannabis In an April news conference, Beshear lambasted the Senate and laid out a four-step…

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