January 27, 2020
(Updated Feb. 5, 2020)
The 2020 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in full swing. Since 2020 is an even-numbered year, by law this session must produce a budget for the Commonwealth before adjourning. Regular Sessions of the Assembly in even-numbered years are a full 60 days in duration. This year’s began on January 7th and will end April 15th.
House Bill 136, which if enacted would create a legal medical cannabis program in Kentucky, was prefiled by its primary sponsor Rep. Jason Nemes on November 1st, 2019. As of now, the bill sits in the House Judiciary Committee awaiting action by the Chair of that committee, Rep. Jason Petrie. Currently (as of 2/5), HB136 has 50 Representatives as cosponsors.
[2020 Regular Session committee schedule]
*** UPDATE *** On Feb. 2nd, Rep. Jason Nemes announced that HB136 is scheduled to be heard by the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 12th at 12pm. Click here if you’d like to join KY4MM in support of the bill at the hearing.
The medical marijuana bill (HB 136) will be heard in Judiciary Committee on February 12 at noon. #kyga20
— Jason Nemes (@jmnemes) February 2, 2020
The Senate counterpart to the house medical marijuana bill (Senate Bill 107) was introduced by Sen. Steve West on January 23rd, 2020. SB107 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it awaits action. The bill has 11 cosponsors in the Senate at this time (2/5).
On KET’s Kentucky Tonight, Senate President Robert Stivers told host Renee Shaw that he could see a path forward for medical marijuana in Kentucky this year. You can watch a clip of the conversation, which also included House Speaker David Osborne, House Minority Whip Rep. Angie Hatton, and Sen. Reggie Thomas, by clicking here.
You can view these bills online at the Kentucky Legislature website by clicking on the bill number links above.
Other sites such as LegiScan.com allow you to view and track legislation, and can provide notifications of updates. Use the links below (you will need to register to receive updates):
HB 136 – LegiScan.com (http://legiscan.com/KY/sponsors/HB136/2020)
SB 107 – LegiScan.com (http://legiscan.com/KY/sponsors/SB107/2020)
Most importantly, you have the opportunity to contact your elected representatives and express your support for these bills. The LRC has a toll-free message line that Kentuckians can call for this purpose (1-800-372-7181). Click here for more information.
This is very important and we encourage you to call, and ask your family and friends to do so as well. Many bills are filed each year, and without great public support most will not move forward. Tell your legislators to make this a priority!
KY4MM Legislative Efforts Update
We have just concluded 2020 Advocacy Days at the Capital in Frankfort. The event was held Jan. 22-23, and we greatly appreciate our advocates and volunteers for helping make the event a success. Personally meeting with your representative in order to convey the importance of and the urgent need for a medical cannabis law in Kentucky is a powerful motivator for elected officials. We thank everyone involved for making these meetings possible.
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Stay tuned for more updates!