In Gov. Andy Beshear's, D-Ky. first Team Kentucky update of 2024, he detailed the progress the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program has made in building the framework for medical marijuana sales in Kentucky, with Senate Bill 47 going into effect on Jan. 1, 2025.

Jonathan Andino, cannabis consultant at Louisville's One Love Hemp Dispensary, has been pushing for medical cannabis in Kentucky. "Some of the benefits of medical cannabis is that it becomes way more controlled for us as cannabis consultants to be able to treat people," Andino said. "It'll become a much cleaner and safer option."

Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Workgroup and a board of physicians and advisors have voted unanimously to recommend to the General Assembly to expand the list of qualifying conditions that could be treated with medical cannabis.

Conditions such as Crohn's disease, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, and several others would qualify. Beshear's administration has also filed 10 new regulations that would direct the ways medical cannabis businesses would operate in Kentucky.

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