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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.