House passes over vote on medical marijuana legislation

03/07/2018 03:25 PM

FRANKFORT- For a third day in a row—no vote was taken on a medical marijuana bill in committee.

The House Judiciary committee has been hearing testimony from those for and against House Bill 166 since Monday. .

Representative Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, motioned for a vote to pass over the legislation on Wednesday to give members more time to review the legislation.

Rep. Nemes says he hopes the delay can give members more time to review the legislation.

“I want to work on it more with Rep. Sims in particular sections dealing with making sure it doesn’t go from medical use to recreational use that one in particular, and some of what law enforcement said yesterday. So I don’t want to vote on this and vote it down so I’m going to make a motion to pass over it so we can continue to work on it and maybe do something more with it so if that would be okay, Mr. Chairman I move to pass over the bill,” he said.

Rep. Angie Hatton, D-Whitesburg, expressed concern that passing over on a vote could result in stalling of the measure.

“I’m trusting that we will actually take this back up, and I’m putting my faith in the members of this committee that by agreeing to pass over that does not end this matter. People are ready for a vote and our state is ready for this and my constituents are begging for this,” she said.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, an advocate for medical marijuana, expressed the same concern as Representative Hatton.

“I truly hope this is not a tactic to stall or kill the bill. I’m counting on Rep. Nemes to keep his word, craft a meaningful compromise, and work to get House Bill 166 passed this session. Kentuckians overwhelmingly support medical cannabis. They are tired of waiting and will remember inaction at the ballot box in November. Lives – especially those of our veterans – are hanging in the balance,” Grimes said in a statement.

The motion passed with 14 members agreeing.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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