Kentucky Senate votes to legalize medical marijuana in bipartisan votePosted by On

Eric Crawford, right, and his wife Michelle Crawford smiled on the Senate floor before lawmakers voted on SB 47, a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The measure passed on a 26-11 vote and now heads to the Kentucky House. Mar. 16, 2023

FRANKFORT, Ky. — After many years of tireless advocacy work to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Eric Crawford of Maysville was in disbelief Thursday evening shortly after the Senate voted to do so by a wide margin — setting up a clear path to passage into law in two weeks.

“I’m shocked,” said Crawford, the leading advocate for medical marijuana in the halls of Frankfort for the past decade. “Now it’s time for the House.”

Senate Bill 47 to legalize and regulate medical marijuana in Kentucky passed the Senate by a bipartisan 26-11 vote, the first time it has ever been given the opportunity for a floor vote in the chamber.

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