Kentucky lawmakers introduce bipartisan medical marijuana bill

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2019/01/09/kentucky-lawmakers-introduce-bipartisan-medical-marijuana-bill/

A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a new bill to legalize the medical use of cannabis, reports WKYT News.

House Bill 136 will ensure that medical marijuana will be available for up to 60,000 Kentuckians.

Medical cannabis would be regulated by the Department of Public Protection’s Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The state-run system will issue licenses for cultivators, dispensaries, safety facilities, and processors. Patients and caregivers would be given different licenses to consume their medicine.

Lawmakers will file the bill Wednesday.

“This bill is designed to help Kentuckians in pain when their doctors say medical marijuana will help them,” said Rep. Jason Nemes. “It is time to allow doctors to have this option for patients.”

The bipartisan list of support includes Republican state Sen. Dan Seum, who said he threw out a prescription bottle of OxyContin in favor of smoking a joint seven years ago when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

“And guess what? No nausea,” said Seum.

Michael Raus, a founder of Kentucky BlueGrass Cannabis LLC, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he plans to hire workers to grow and supply medical cannabis for patients if the bill passes.

“It’s really going to help thousands of Kentuckians that have not only serious illnesses,” he said. “And it will start an entirely new industry with high-paying jobs, which Kentucky needs.”

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Oscar Pascual

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