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US (KY): Senate committee approves MMJ legalization bill

A Kentucky Senate committee approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the state.

The Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee passed the legislation from Sen. Stephen West (R) and 12 other senators in an 8-3 vote. It now heads to the Senate floor with just days left in the session.

“I didn’t intend to ever get into medical cannabis and take a look at the issue,” West told the panel ahead of the vote, adding that he was moved after hearing the stories of constituents.

The committee chair, Sen. John Schickel (R), only recently committed to holding a vote on the cannabis reform proposal if the sponsor assured him it had enough support to advance.


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