Medical cannabis legalization in Kentucky appears forthcoming

An advisory committee set up this year by Gov. Andy Beshear reported that many Kentucky adults favor legalizing medical cannabis, Beshear’s office said Friday, the 30th of September.

The Democratic governor formed the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee after a bill to legalize medical cannabis died in the state Senate this year.

The committee found that Kentuckians who suffer from chronic conditions are not getting relief from painkillers and opioids and fear their addictive properties, Beshear said. The committee also reported that people in Kentucky are crossing state lines to obtain medical cannabis where it is legal and want to return to Kentucky without breaking the law, Beshear said.

The panel also found that military veterans from Kentucky reported that cannabis use eased post-traumatic stress disorder, Beshear’s office said in a news release.

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