November 1, 2019 –
Kentucky Representative Jason Nemes has prefiled a medical marijuana bill for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly. The bill creates various new sections of KRS Chapter 218A and amends several other sections of state law (including the tax code and criminal statutes) to allow for a legal medical cannabis program to operate here in the state of Kentucky. If passed, Kentucky would become the 34th state in the US to allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The program would be administered by the newly-renamed Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control Division of the Public Protection Cabinet.
The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to begin on January 7th and adjourn on April 15th – allowing for the maximum 60-day limit set by the state constitution for even-numbered years. The medical marijuana bill was passed favorably out of the Judiciary Committee last session but did not receive a vote on the floor of the House, despite over half of all representatives cosponsoring the bill.
The full text of the bill can be read at the Legislative Research Commission’s website by following the link below:
The 2020 legislative calendar can be viewed at:
And most importantly, don’t forget to contact your representatives to voice your support for the bill by calling the LRC message line at: