US (KY): Lawmakers approve MMJ bill in committee vote

For the second consecutive year, a Kentucky legislative committee has voted to approve a bill to legalize medical cannabis. The proposal still faces an uphill battle, but one of the leading opponents of last year’s effort to legalize conceded that there’s “a narrow path” to it becoming law this time around.

Supporters at Wednesday’s hearing by the Judiciary Committee, which drew such large crowds that staffers had to open a separate overflow room in the Capitol, clashed on familiar grounds. Legalization advocates noted the established benefits of medical cannabis and praised the bill’s reliance on scientific evidence. Opponents worried about the possibility of creating public health risks and stressed that too much about cannabis that is still unknown.

“We just need a little more clarity,” said Rep. Kim Moser (R), who voted no on the measure and was skeptical that lawmakers should be making decisions about medicine at all. “We don’t have clear answers to the indications, we don’t know how to dose this medication. It’s not a medication yet.”

Supporters, meanwhile, made the case that the bill represents a thoughtful, reasonable medical cannabis system, which most Kentuckians say they support in polls.

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