Grimes plans to convene medical marijuana task force with aim at legislation

11/15/2017 01:31 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, will soon co-chair a task force with a focus on crafting legislation to legalize, study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes for medical marijuana.

“Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years,” Grimes said in a news release on Wednesday. “We must do more to relieve their pain and suffering, and there is significant evidence that cannabis is beneficial for these individuals, especially veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.

“2018 is and must be the year when Kentucky finally steps up on medical marijuana. We have to get this done to help Kentuckians who are hurting.”

According to a news release from Grimes office the task force will include members of Kentucky’s medical community, including doctors, nurses and medical administrators, as well as representatives from law enforcement and state agencies with regulatory oversight, medical marijuana advocates, and military veterans.

Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, who has already prefiled marijuana legislation will co-chair the task force with Grimes.

“Kentucky is getting left behind on this issue. Already 29 states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana legislation to help their people,” Sims said in the news release. “The research is done. The studies have been conducted. It works, and it’s time we end our idling and start having conversations to bring medical marijuana to the Commonwealth. Working together, I’m confident we make this happen in a meaningful and bipartisan manner to bring relief to ailing Kentuckians.”

The task force is slated to convene in Frankfort next week.

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