Kentucky House Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

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Unlike the last time the Kentucky House approved a medical pot legalization bill, House Bill 136 is expected to be scheduled for a hearing in the state Senate with Westerfield on board. The Kentucky House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to legalize medical cannabis, only one week after the proposal was advanced by a key legislative committee. If the bill is successful in the Kentucky Senate, it will head to the desk of Democratic Governor Andy Beshear, who has expressed support for medical cannabis legalization. On March 10, House Bill 136 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 15-1. He also noted that he is not in favor of legalizing recreational pot and was once opposed to legalizing medical cannabis.

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The Kentucky House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to legalize medical cannabis, only one week after the proposal was advanced by a key legislative committee. The measure, House Bill 136, was passed by the House with a vote of 59-34 and will now head to the state Senate for consideration. A similar bill was passed by the House in 2020 but failed to gain a hearing in the state legislature’s upper chamber.

Under the measure from Republican Representative Jason Nemes, patients with one or more specified medical conditions including any type of cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy,...

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