Medical marijuana bill passes Kentucky’s House
February 20th, 2020
By Mark Vanderhoff
(WLKY) FRANKFORT, Ky. —
A bill legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky has passed the state’s House of Representatives in a 65-30 vote.
The passage of HB 136 is a historic moment for medical cannabis advocates, who have tried for decades to pass legislation as 33 other states have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana usage.
The bill regulates and taxes medical marijuana sales, although it’s not being touted as a revenue bill.
Passage came after emotional debate and multiple floor amendments – some friendly, others designed to sidetrack the bill.
Now the bill moves on to the Senate.
Medical marijuana bill easily passes Kentucky House. It now heads to a wary Senate.
BY DANIEL DESROCHERS – FEBRUARY 20, 2020
The Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, marking significant progress for a piece of legislation that has long stalled in the legislature.
House Bill 136 was approved 65-30 after more than two hours of debate and consideration of 11 floor amendments, eight of which were approved. They contained mostly minor changes.
A more skeptical Senate gets the bill next. If the bill becomes law, Kentucky would be the 34th state to legalize medical marijuana.
“We have momentum but we’re not there yet,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, the bill’s sponsor. “Where we go from this is we go with strength to the Senate.”
House passes medical marijuana bill in first approval of its kind in Kentucky
JOE SONKA | COURIER JOURNAL
FRANKFORT — After a decade of failed attempts, the state House on Thursday passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky.
Following more than two hours of debate on the bill and more than a dozen floor amendments, House Bill 136 passed by a 65-30 vote.
All but two Democratic members of the House voted for the bill, as did a slight majority of the Republican members present.
The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it faces an uphill climb in a chamber with a large conservative majority and led by President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who has expressed skepticism about legalizing medical marijuana until further research on its effects has been published.