Frankfort, KY — This past Thursday, the Kentucky House of Representatives body voted on legislation to legalize marijuana in Kentucky for medical usage.
Kentucky House Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation
In a vote decided 64-30 pushed HB 136 through the senate. If passed the bill will legalize medical cannabis for medical purposes. Specifically patients with debilitating medical conditions.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville). It passed the initial House Judiciary Committee last week with a vote of 17-1. Now the bill will proceed to the Senate for consideration and vote.
Over the past several years, support for medical cannabis has expanded. According to a 2019 Kentucky Health Issues Poll nine out of 10 Kentucky residents in the state supported the legalization of cannabis, if it is specified for legal use. Furthermore, Gov. Andy Beshear has hinted his support for medical cannabis.
Should HB 136 be signed into law, Kentucky will join the 33 states which have passed medical cannabis laws.