The Governor gave an update on the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program, a part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, after signing historic legislation into law earlier this year to legalize medical cannabis. Sam Flynn, who most recently served as the Labor and Education Cabinet’s chief of staff and general counsel, has been named as the executive director. The office has launched a new website where Kentuckians can get updates on the program, Gov. Beshear announced the Board of Physicians and Advisors held their first meeting yesterday and took steps toward ensuring Kentucky has a safe and robust medical cannabis program. The Governor also discussed the Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Workgroup, which will study evolving medical cannabis industry policy. The group will recommend best practices to the program and other state agencies and ensure that Kentuckians have safe access to medical cannabis.

The Governor reminded Kentuckians that while the new law is being implemented, those with qualifying medical conditions can continue seeking relief with medical cannabis by following the Governor’s executive order.