(WLKY) Feb 12, 2020
FRANKFORT, Ky. —
A bill to legalize medical marijuana passed out of House judiciary committee in Kentucky’s legislature on Wednesday.
The vote breakdown for House Bill 136 was 17-1.
The bill would prohibit the smoking of marijuana, but would allow other forms of consumption, such as edibles, oils and pills.
Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) filed similar legislation in 2019, but the House adjourned without taking action. He’s also co-sponsoring this one along with 50 other representatives.
If enacted into law, Kentucky will join the 33 states that have passed medical cannabis laws.
Gov. Andy Beshear has expressed his support for medical marijuana. WLKY asked him about this bill on Wednesday. Hear his response in the player here.
The bill now heads to the House for a full vote.
Bill legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky overwhelmingly approved by House committee
Lawrence Smith Feb 12, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky legislators are working to legalize medical marijuana, but residents won’t be able to light up — even if lawmakers succeed.
With a 17-1 vote, the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved House Bill 136, which legalizes medical marijuana, for the second year in a row Wednesday. The bill moves to the full House next, and — unlike the 2019 legislative session — supporters are confident of its final passage in 2020.