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Here's what’s next for legalizing medical cannabis in Kentucky

The measure is Senate Bill 47 by Republican Sen. Stephen West from Paris, which would legalize using and possession of cannabis to treat certain conditions as long as it can’t be smoked.

If the proposal becomes law, it will only take effect in 2025. That gives lawmakers time to set guidelines and a framework for a statewide medical cannabis program.

Matthew Bratcher leads the Kentucky chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. He called the Senate passage historic.

“A lot of people did evolve on the issue because they saw the need for it. I have respect that they took the time to get it right, as they see it right, ” he said, alluding to lawmakers who opposed legalizing the substance in the past, notably Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown.

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