Kentucky Lawmaker Revises Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

Kentucky Rep. Jason Nemes is working on a revised version of his medical cannabis legalization bill, which he believes has the support it needs to clear the General Assembly if it comes up for a vote during the 2022 legislative session, according to a WDRB report.

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An earlier version of the bill passed the House in a 65-30 vote during the 2020 session before stalling in the Senate, the news outlet reported.

The allows four qualifying conditions: chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and nausea. It also bars patients from smoking cannabis.

Nemes told WDRB that some provisions previously included in the bill have been changed to increase its chance of passage, including more restrictions on who can grow, sell and prescribe cannabis.

“I don’t know if I’m going to vote for it or not. I’ve told Rep. Nemes that,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Whitney Westerfield, who has worked through the bill with Nemes, told WRDB. “But I’m a lot closer to being able to support something based on what we’ve worked through.”

Nemes told the news outlet that more minor tweaks to the legislation are needed before he files a new version of the bill. Kentucky’s new legislative session kicks off in January.


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