Meet With a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Kentucky

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You can also take advantage of our Personalized Consults as a Kentucky resident to better understand how cannabis and CBD may be helpful to you.


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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in KY

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When we’re booking appointments in Kentucky, you will 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.


Consult with a doctor for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete and if you are approved, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana. Once you have this you can then apply to the state.


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.

In Kentucky, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Kentucky

Directly after Kentucky passed a historic vote of 65-30 for House Bill 136, the state’s medical marijuana legalization bill, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed pause on the legislation. 

In March 2023, this pause finally came to an end. Gov. Andy Beshear signed Senate Bill 47 into law, making Kentucky the 38th state to approve medical marijuana use.

SB47 establishes a medicinal cannabis program by allowing patients with a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship to access medical cannabis if their practitioner deems they could benefit from the use. The legislation institutes a governing body to decide daily THC limits, methods of use, and consumption. Patients will be allowed to have a 30-day supply of their medication at their residence and a 10-day supply on their person.

SB 47 was developed by local lawmakers and establishes the provisions for the state’s medical marijuana legalization. The program officially goes into effect in January 2025, giving ample time for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to draft oversight regulations for the program.

A few of these regulations are already included in the text of the legislation. In order to gain access to medical cannabis, residents need written certification from an advanced nurse practitioner or a doctor. This certification validates that the patient has been diagnosed with one of the 21 qualifying medical conditions listed in the order. 

Additionally, KY Senate Bill 47 establishes guidelines for consumption and cultivation. The bill prohibits smoking and home cultivation. Patients may only consume medical cannabis through vaporization, edibles, or topical products. The bill establishes THC concentration caps for these products:

As the medical cannabis program does not go into effect until 2025, local governments are in the process of licensing medical cannabis dispensaries. Kentuckians can expect these dispensaries to start cropping up over the next two years.

Patient Qualifying Conditions

The bill lays out at 21 conditions that qualify Kentuckians for approval. These conditions include:

Patients may also qualify for any other medical condition, disease, or terminal illness deemed appropriate by the Kentucky Center for Cannabis. According to this stipulation, the Center must determine that individual diagnosed with that condition is likely to receive medical, therapeutic, or palliative benefits from the use of medicinal cannabis.


Patients under the age of 21 years or older must have a certified caregiver. If they have medical cannabis in their possession, the caregiver must have a written document demonstrating their responsibility for the well-being of the qualified patient. 

Possession and Cultivation Limits

Kentucky Senate Bill 47 is a no-smoke, no self-grow bill. No form of home cultivation is allowed under this law. 

Though cannabis cannot be smoked, patients are still allowed legal access to raw flower, as vaporization is legal under this legislation. 

Patients may only have a 10-day supply of cannabis in their possession and a 30-day supply at their residence. At this time, the bill does not specify a raw cannabis equivalent for these possession limits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cannabis is legal in Kentucky?

As of March 2023, medical cannabis use is legal in Kentucky. Though patients cannot smoke or grow cannabis for medical use, raw cannabis is accessible for vaporization.

Recreational cannabis is not yet legal in Kentucky.

Medical cannabis dispensaries are expected to begin opening in 2024, as the new program will not take effect until January 2025.

No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal will set up shop in Kentucky when the state’s medical cannabis program goes into effect.

Veriheal will provide physicians for you once the state’s program begins. After meeting with a certified doctor in a virtual video consultation from the comfort of your own home, the doctor will determine your eligibility based on a qualifying condition(s).

From start to finish, the medical evaluation takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Yes, cannabis oil is legal for medical use in Kentucky. Cannabis oil and all other concentrates must have a THC concentration of 70% or less.

Places to Visit in Kentucky After Enjoying Your Medicine

The Bluegrass State, famous for the Kentucky Derby, has so many exciting parts of the southern region far beyond Churchill Down's annual stallion race. Blue-purple flowers that bloom in large fields are how Kentucky got its nickname, proving the state's natural beauty also seen in Mammoth Cave National Park and Red River Gorge Geological Area. Cumberland Falls, a "moonbow" of cascading water, is also another famous Kentucky tourist attraction. Some come to Kentucky alone to visit the Creation Museum with interactive exhibits and scenes, while others truck to the midwest to visit the famous Louisville Zoo. When Kentucky does pass a medical cannabis program statewide, locals will have the opportunity to stop at any of the below best places on the way to the dispensary.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park has all types of cavern tours, including the Gothic Avenue and Wild Cave Tours, not to mention Crystal Onyx Cave. Nearby Diamond Caverns is another underground wonderland locals and visitors love to venture through. Ranger-led programs for the family are available in the park. Many visit the park for both exercise and entertainment and available hiking or biking on the park's endless trails. For those who want to see the park from the water's point-of-view, the park has canoeing, kayaking, and boating in the Green and Nolin Rivers in the park.

Louisville Zoo

One day at the Louisville Zoo is not enough time to cover all of its available activities that bring you up close and personal to some awesome wildlife. Take, for example, a sloth exhibit, a display of the upside-down hanging and slow-moving species. Fitz the elephant, born in 2019, is the zoo’s colossal infant, who lives lovingly next to mother Mikki. Along with dozens of animal exhibits, the Louisville Zoo also offers rides and attractions. The zoo hosts more than 50 events throughout the year, including a 5K race, movie nights, and Earth month celebrations.

Data Last Updated 08/30/2023

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