Medical marijuana bill gets committee assignment in KentuckyPosted by On

A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky is taking a step forward.Senate Bill 47, introduced at the beginning of January, was finally assigned to a committee on Wednesday. The bill was assigned to the Senate Standing Committee of Licensing and Occupation. The bill has 12 sponsors, including Republican Sen. Steve West.“My support of medical marijuana has come from a long process of listening to constituents, doing a lot of research, learning from professionals and then thinking through this complex issue,” West said in a news release. “I’ve concluded that medical marijuana is inherently safe and effective in treating many disorders. In the end, I look at this issue through the lens of liberty. “I believe in giving Kentuckians as many safe options for their personal health care choices as possible. I appreciate this bill’s committee assignment and look forward to working with my colleagues in moving SB 47 through the next step in the legislative process.”Senate Bill 47 would give residents in Kentucky access to medical marijuana if their doctors believe they could benefit from it.To read the full bill, click here.Should the bill pass, some portions of the medical cannabis program to be established would go into effect in July 2024. The Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee is meeting next Tuesday at 10 a.m. Last year, Gov. Andy Beshear made an executive order that took effect on Jan. 1, making a small amount of medical marijuana legal in…

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