Kentucky Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill
The Kentucky Senate approved a bill on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state—a historic first in the chamber of the conservative legislature. The Senate passed the legislation from Sen. Stephen West (R) in a 26-11 vote on the last possible day of the session to advance bills to the other chamber. The House has approved similar proposals in prior sessions only to see them stall without action on the Senate side. This development comes two days after the Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee passed the measure. “This bill has been discussed in this chamber for many years,” West told colleagues, saying that his journey to supporting the issue began when he met a quadriplegic constituent who could benefit from medical cannabis. “I’m now convinced that medical marijuana, provided to our citizens through a tightly-regulated system, can provide some important relief to our constituents,” he said. “It’s time for Kentucky to join the other 37 states in the United States that allow medical marijuana as an option for their citizens.” Here’s what SB 47 would accomplish as amended: Patients with recommendations from doctors or advanced nurse practitioners could qualify to use cannabis if they have cancer, severe pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms or spasticity, chronic nausea or cyclical vomiting, post-traumatic stress disorder or any other medical condition or disease which the Kentucky Center for Cannabis deems appropriate. Smoking marijuana would be prohibited, but patients could still access raw cannabis for vaporization. Home cultivation would not be allowed. Patients could possess a 30-day supply of cannabis in their residence and a 10-day supply on their person. Patient registration would only last up to 60 days, and the initial visit must be in person. There would be a 35 percent THC cap on flower marijuana products and 70 percent cap for…
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