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Kentucky House Health & Welfare Committee Approves Limited Medical Marijuana Initiative

FRANKFORT, KY — In a 9-5 vote Thursday, the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee approved a measure that would allow medical marijuana for a short list of qualifying conditions.

“This conversation needs to continue to give our state hope.” – Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

This should come as no big surprise, seeing as Committee Chairman Tom Burch (D-Louisville) was among those who sponsored HB 350 – The Cannabis Compassion Act.

Nonetheless, it brings the State of Kentucky one step closer to the legalization of medical marijuana.

“I have seen the bags of medicine that are not working, that are causing addiction,” explains Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, who introduced the measure. “This conversation needs to continue to give our state hope.”

Kentucky May Legalize Medical Marijuana For Debilitating Conditions

Rep Mary Lou MarzianAs written, HB 350 – The Cannabis Compassion Act – would allow patients suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), and HIV/AIDS to possess and cultivate limited amounts of medical marijuana.

Similarly, patients may designate a licensed caregiver to cultivate cannabis for them should they choose to do so.

Furthering the progression towards safe access, regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries and lab testing facilities will also be included in The Cannabis Compassion Act.

The House Committee’s vote in favor of medical marijuana seems to be consistent with public opinion in the Bluegrass State. A Kentucky Health Issues Poll released last May suggests that a vast majority (78%) of voters believe medical marijuana should be permitted in the state.

The Cannabis Compassion Act awaits a full House vote.