Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, is pushing for expanded access to medical marijuana in the state. He believes that the current list of qualifying conditions should be extended to include illnesses such as ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and HIV/AIDS, among others. This change would make an estimated 437,000 more people eligible for treatment. Governor Beshear emphasized that the goal is to provide relief to Kentuckians with severe medical conditions.
The medical cannabis bill was signed into law last March after years of defeat and is considered a significant bipartisan achievement. However, supporters caution that any attempt to expand the list of eligible conditions may face resistance in the legislature. Republican Senator Stephen West, the bill’s lead sponsor, believes that this is just the initial step and cautioned against making adjustments too soon. Republican Representative Jason Nemes echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of finalizing regulations and ensuring the program’s safety before considering further changes.
Governor Beshear announced the filing of regulations governing the medical cannabis program, which outline how businesses will operate and guide product packaging, transportation, advertising, and testing. The administration aims to launch the program in 2025, with lawmakers set to review the regulations. Additional rules for applying for a medical cannabis business license will be issued in the future. A commercial zoning tool has also been launched to assist businesses in determining legal locations.
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