Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Kentucky

Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Kentucky

Legislation would allow people with debilitating medical conditions to access and use medical marijuana without fear of arrest

FRANKFORT, KY — A bill that would allow seriously ill Kentuckians to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation was introduced in the House of Representatives last week.

The “Cannabis Compassion Act,” or House Bill 350, was introduced by long-time lawmaker and registered nurse Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville). It is very similar to Senate Bill 43, which was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville) earlier this year.

The bill is the first effective medical marijuana bill ever to be introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives. HB 350 would allow patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), HIV/AIDS, and other serious conditions to use medical marijuana with a recommendation from their doctor.

Patients and caregivers would be able to possess up to three ounces at a time and grow up to 12 plants per patient. The bill would also establish safety compliance facilities and would permit one medical marijuana compassion center for every 100,000 residents to ensure safe and reliable access for patients.

“There is no longer any doubt that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for a number of serious medical conditions and symptoms,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “A clear majority of Kentuckians agree that no one deserves to be treated like a criminal for using medical marijuana recommended by their doctors.

“Lawmakers concerned about medical marijuana should ask themselves what they would do if a loved one was suffering from a serious illness and a physician suggested that marijuana could help.”

Nearly 80% of Kentucky adults believe people with serious illnesses should be allowed to buy and use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctors recommend it, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll released in May 2013.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws that allow people with certain debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana with a recommendation from their doctors. At least 15 more states will consider medical marijuana bills this year.

  • HmmmSaysDavidHume

    Whatever you do, don’t make this like the Illinois program, which is so ridiculously expensive and restrictive that it guarantees the black market will be a cheaper source of supply for poor patients. When a bunch of self-righteous rubes get together hell-bent on restricting the devil weed, the only result is continued enrichment of criminals. For once, Kentucky, let pragmatism prevail over fear mongering and deceptive rails against people and their right to choose how they receive care.

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  • BruticusSupreme

    It’s important for this cause that the proponents of this bill in the house are educated on not only the health benefits of marijuana, but also the completely minimal risk associated with it. There cannot be any doubt in our representatives mind when they go to vote on this bill. There are so many respected organizations out there who have done very thorough and extensive tests on this miracle plant. The burden is on us to educate the ignorant, so that they may understand how many different benefits this plant has. The scaremongering by politicians who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, spewing out antiquated studies that were biased to begin with. We cannot and must not tolerate their ignorance, and demand they educate themselves before this goes to vote.