Medical Marijuana legislation introduced in the House

01/11/2018 04:03 PM

FRANKFORT- Representative John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Kentucky.

House Bill 166 was unveiled Thursday by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, and members of the medical marijuana task force. The bill includes proposals from the task force.

“What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators,” Grimes said. “Now, with 29 states and the District of Columbia offering relief in the form of medical marijuana to their citizens, we must waste no more time. We’ve heard real, heart-wrenching stories from all over the Commonwealth about how access to cannabis can provide long-lasting and life-changing relief. The serious discussions this task force had have resulted in a solid piece of legislation that can change lives.”

The bill would allow individuals with certain medical conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana use. It would also establish the Cannabis Enforcement Program within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to help monitor the program.

Medical marijuana legislation has been proposed in Kentucky in the past.

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


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