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Kentucky sets stage for legalization of medical marijuana for certain medcial conditions

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers have taken the first steps toward legalizing medical marijuana. House Bill 136 is up for a House vote. It would allow patients with certain medical conditions to be prescribed medical marijuana by their physician and would permit marijuana plants to be grown in the state by licensed growers and dispensaries. Under House Bill 136, Kentuckians...

House committee unanimously endorses medical marijuana, but Senate, waning session stand in way

With a resounding 16-1 vote, a House committee approved a bill this week to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, but it seems unlikely to become law, given opposition in the Senate and the fact that only five days remain in the legislative session. House Bill 136, green-lighted by the Judiciary Committee, “would legalize the sale of medical marijuana in Kentucky through state-licensed dispensaries,”...

Kentucky House Judicary Committee votes to advance amended medicinal marijuana legislation

By a vote of 16-1-1, the House Judiciary Committee has voted along bipartisan lines to approve a measure that would make Kentucky the 34th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. HB 136, sponsored by Rep. Diane St. Onge of Fort Wright and Rep. Jason Nemes of Louisville, is aimed at helping Kentuckians find relief from the pain often associated with chronic illnesses. “This consensus legislation...

As support for medical marijuana grows, resolution would urge federal government to speed research

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As support for legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes grows in the General Assembly, legislation has again been filed to ask the federal government to expedite research on the idea. A leading advocate of medical marijuana says the measure may be “a ploy to delay” action on his bill. The research resolution is sponsored by Republican Rep....