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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Kentucky

STEP 1

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in KY through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.

STEP 2

TALK TO A DOCTOR

Consult with a doctor for 15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

STEP 3

GET APPROVED

Once you are approved, you'll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Kentucky

Cannabis is illegal for use as a medicine in Kentucky, United States, though non-psychoactive CBD oil is legal in the state, and Kentucky has a lengthy history of cultivating industrial hemp for fiber since 1775. In April 2014, Governor Steve Beshear signed a law permitting patients to use non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) derivatives with a physician’s recommendation, under clinical trials at the University of Kentucky in the treatment of epilepsy, but the law did not include provisions to legally produce or sell CBD.

While a law was passed in April of 2014 allowing patients access to cannabidiol (or “CBD,” a non-psychoactive element of marijuana) in medicinal cases, it is not expected to increase availability or use. Although other states have amended their drug laws to permit marijuana legalization and decriminalization, possession and sale of marijuana is still a crime in the Kentucky, with certain levels of possession constituting a felony under state law.

The Louisville Republican has co-sponsored a bill that he believes addresses most of the past concerns about medical marijuana. Nemes, Kentucky State Representative, tried to assure fellow lawmakers that his bill contains tight restrictions on medical marijuana, regulating its use, growth and sale. He said his bill would create a new Department of Cannabis Administration to regulate medical marijuana.

The proposed regulations include:

  • Requiring users to obtain a permit and carry a card
  • Prescriptions only by physicians who have registered with the state
  • Processors and distributors must be licensed
  • No smoking in public or on public property
  • No marketing that would appeal to children

The bill would also include an opt-out provision allowing communities to prohibit marijuana dispensaries and distributors, though residents would still be allowed to use cannabis in their homes.

Data last updated 01/21/2018